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Ofcom awards Leeds local TV licence

Ofcom has awarded the licence to run the local TV service in Leeds on digital terrestrial TV (DTT).

The award follows legislation enabling Ofcom to issue local TV licences. The channels will broadcast on a specific ‘multiplex’, a discrete amount of spectrum reserved for local TV broadcasting on DTT.

The licence is awarded to:

Leeds: Made in Leeds

Channel name: Made in Leeds

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Licences are awarded for a period of up to 12 years. It is hoped that some channels may be on air before the end of 2013. The Leeds channel is expected to cover around 840,000 homes1.

In May 2012, Ofcom invited applications to run local TV services in 21 local areas. In total, 57 applications were received to run the local TV services in 19 areas, along with four applications for the local multiplex. Ofcom received five applications for the Leeds licence.

As well as broadcasting on DTT, it is anticipated that local TV channels might also wish to offer their services on satellite, cable and online.

Ofcom has now awarded 17 local TV licences, as well as the multiplex licence, and will make the remaining licence awards in the coming month.

A statement setting out the main reasons for the award of the local TV licences referred to above has been published on the Ofcom website.

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