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Basingstoke could be given television channel
OFCOM has announced that it is inviting applications for licences to run a television channel in Basingstoke.
The independent regulator has today revealed the locations for the second phase of local television licensing, after legislation enabled it to issue local licences.
Along with Basingstoke, the other 10 areas included in the roll-out are Barnstaple, Derry/Londonderry, Gloucester, Guildford, Limavady, Luton, Maidstone, Plymouth, Reading and Salisbury. The closing date for applications is January 7, 2014.
The new invitation follows the advertisement earlier this year of licences for Bangor, Cambridge, Middlesbrough, Mold, Scarborough, Swansea and York. Ofcom received 10 applications for these areas and will award the licences in the coming months, with the hope that the services will be on air by the end of 2014.
Ofcom has already awarded 19 local TV licences, with the first channel, Estuary TV (Grimsby), expected to launch in November this year. One more set of locations will be announced by Ofcom next year.
The licences are for channels on the Freeview platform, but local operators may also wish to offer their services on satellite, cable and online.
For more information visit http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/tv-broadcast-licences/local/apply/.
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