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Old 13-08-2013, 23:41
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The problem with those is that Oxford and Bristol have already been licensed, so tacking another area onto them is tricky. I'm aware of a company interested in running a channel in Bath, and it's not Made TV, so I think they'd get a better (more relevant) channel with it advertised separately - whereas any extension to Made in Bristol is likely to not be very focused on Bath, as that wasn't the intended audience at the time the business plan and application was made.
I see what you mean, the channels could share a MUX though to cut costs, meaning both places get both channels.


What would you say regarding a Local TV channel at Swindon though, thats just got a relay and most people use one of two main transmitters there too?
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Old 14-08-2013, 12:17
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I see what you mean, the channels could share a MUX though to cut costs, meaning both places get both channels.
If they can both be covered from the same transmitter then technically they could, however it'd be a false economy due to lost revenue from one of the national streams.

What would you say regarding a Local TV channel at Swindon though, thats just got a relay and most people use one of two main transmitters there too?
No idea.
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Old 20-09-2013, 19:04
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The newly-merged Gloucester and Hereford is also being merged with Malvern.
Bedford and Luton are being merged too.

Given the timing of the closure of this consultation (it was slightly shorter than normal), I suspect at least one of these two new merged areas will be in the next tranche of applications - which need to be advertised very soon to get a closing date before Christmas without shortening the amount of time available to apply.
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Old 20-09-2013, 21:09
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The newly-merged Gloucester and Hereford is also being merged with Malvern.
Bedford and Luton are being merged too.

Given the timing of the closure of this consultation (it was slightly shorter than normal), I suspect at least one of these two new merged areas will be in the next tranche of applications - which need to be advertised very soon to get a closing date before Christmas without shortening the amount of time available to apply.
I assume that this is being done so as to get larger populations in the target areas to make the future local TV services more viable. I don't expect any of the franchises in the larger metropolitan areas to fail but I expect that some of the smaller franchises granted so far will have difficulty in surviving.
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Old 01-10-2013, 19:26
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Latest applicants. http://licencing.ofcom.org.uk/tv-broadcast-licences/local/applicants

Surprised Made did not bid for York.
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Old 01-10-2013, 19:58
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Surprised Made did not bid for York.
Yeah, and Cambridge.

Nice to see that Bay TV are trying to take over Wales! Hopefully they won't win the ones they have competition for (I have nothing against Bay TV, but it's good to see some variety in the local TV network, especially at this stage when it isn't clear which approaches will work best)

Also, despite what it says on the Ofcom website, the second batch of Phase 2 areas (Barnstaple, Basingstoke, Derry/Londonderry, Gloucester, Guildford, Limavady, Luton, Maidstone, Plymouth, Reading and Salisbury) are open for applications.
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Old 30-10-2013, 15:48
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Cambridge Presents (Cambridge) and Yorkshire Coast TV (Scarborough) have been awarded L-DTPS licences today.
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Old 09-01-2014, 22:58
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Some of the applicant details have been posted up on the Ofcom website for Phase "2b" (which closed Tuesday). I'm pretty sure they haven't put them all up yet (and the application documents are missing too), but what we have so far is:

That's Basingstoke (Basingstoke)
That's Surrey (Guildford)
Bedfordshire Television (Luton)
KMTV; TVKent (Maidstone)
That's Reading (Reading)
That's Salisbury (Salisbury)
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Old 26-01-2014, 22:33
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Some of the applicant details have been posted up on the Ofcom website for Phase "2b" (which closed Tuesday). I'm pretty sure they haven't put them all up yet (and the application documents are missing too), but what we have so far is:

That's Basingstoke (Basingstoke)
That's Surrey (Guildford)
Bedfordshire Television (Luton)
KMTV; TVKent (Maidstone)
That's Reading (Reading)
That's Salisbury (Salisbury)
That's tv seems to be strong on local news, music & local sport.
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Old 27-01-2014, 01:09
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That's tv seems to be strong on local news, music & local sport.
The plans are always strong before they go on the air and/or when bidding for a licence. Often what you are getting 6, 12 or 18 months later turns out to be quite different. Anyone with memories of the launch of ILR stations in the 1970s and changeovers in ITV licence holders can vouch for that.
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Old 27-01-2014, 10:50
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I live in hull. I did a channel update this morning on a whim, and found estuary tv. It seems to cover all the same sorts of things that Yorkshire tv used to.

It also has the Moore show. So that's at least one show I'll be tuning into.....
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Old 27-01-2014, 23:17
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The plans are always strong before they go on the air and/or when bidding for a licence. Often what you are getting 6, 12 or 18 months later turns out to be quite different. Anyone with memories of the launch of ILR stations in the 1970s and changeovers in ITV licence holders can vouch for that.
ITV have not a great track record in local news as far as the home countys is concerned
Eagle radio is one of the few truely local commercial stations.
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Old 29-01-2014, 19:58
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They could share programs most of the time anyways.
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Old 21-06-2014, 09:11
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Guildford, Reading and Salisbury licences have been awarded to That's Media.
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