On 15th September Ofcom, which has responsibility for licensing local television stations, issued an update to summarise the progress made over the last two years - the headlines are that:
- 30 local television licences have been granted to a number of different organisations across the UK – these include not-for-profit community ventures, as well as commercial ventures involving TV production companies, local newspapers, and the education sector; and
- there are currently six local channels on air (in London, Nottingham, Glasgow, Norwich, Brighton & Hove, and Grimsby), broadcasting local services to a potential audience of 6 million viewers. Ofcom believes that, to date, around 6,400 hours of local programming has been transmitted.
A second phase of licensing is now underway**.
*The framework is available at http://goo.gl/LU9oSN
**For further information regarding the licensing of local television, see Ofcom's website - http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/local-tv/