Local television in the United Kingdom
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Local television in the United Kingdom, described in legislation as Local Digital Television Programme Services (L-DTPS), provides a television station for a specific local area. Successful applicants are awarded a sole licence for their chosen area, and are expected to locate their studios within the same area. They broadcast on the digital terrestrial (DTT) system, as used by the national Freeview service.
The multiplexes that the stations operate on are operated by Comux, owned by the local TV broadcasters with operations run by Canis Media.
In England and Northern Ireland, the local channels were on channel 8 and in Scotland and Wales they were originally given channel 45; however, after a number of channel closures, channel 23 was used. Following the closure of BBC Three, the local stations moved to channel 7 in England and Northern Ireland, and channel 8 in Scotland and Wales. Some local stations in England however are broadcast on Channel 8 for other reasons. Some stations are also available (in their local areas) via cable (Virgin Media) channel 159 and satellite (Sky) channel 117 (channel 134 in Wales because channel 117 is already occupied). Channels 168, 169 and 209 (previously 216) were used if a region wants multiple local TV channels on Sky before 1 May 2018.
In May 2012, Local TV areas were selected to invite bids for providing a local TV service.
|Primary location||Transmitter||Winning operator||Launch date||Other bids|
|Aberdeen||Durris||That's Scotland (Aberdeen)||15 October 2018|
|Ayr||Darvel||That's Scotland (Ayr)||15 October 2018|
|Basingstoke||Hannington||That's Hampshire||23 May 2017|
|Belfast||Divis||NVTV||29 September 2014||Made in Belfast|
|Birmingham||Sutton Coldfield||Big Centre TV||28 February 2015||Bham TV, Made in Birmingham, YourTV Birmingham|
|Brighton and Hove||Whitehawk Hill||Latest TV||28 August 2014||none|
|Bristol||Mendip||Made in Bristol||8 October 2014||none|
|Cambridge||Madingley||That's Cambridge||18 August 2015||none|
|Carlisle||Caldbeck||That's Carlisle||25 July 2017|
|Cardiff||Wenvoe||Made in Cardiff||15 October 2014||Cardiff Local TV|
|Dundee||Angus||That's Scotland (Dundee)||15 October 2018|
|Edinburgh||Craigkelly||That's Scotland (Edinburgh)||15 October 2018||Edinburgh News Network, Made in Edinburgh, Metro8 Edinburgh|
|Glasgow||Black Hill||[That's Scotland (Glasgow)||15 October 2018||Glasgow TV, Made in Glasgow, Metro8 Glasgow|
|Grimsby||Belmont||That's Humber (East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire)||26 November 2013||none|
|Guildford||Guildford||That's Surrey||2 August 2017|
|Leeds||Emley Moor||Made in Leeds||6 November 2014||Leeds TV, Metro8 Leeds, NORTH, YourTV Leeds|
|Bay TV Liverpool||4 December 2014||Made in Liverpool, Metro8 Liverpool, Our-TV, YourTV Liverpool|
|London Live||31 March 2014||London8, LondonTV, Made in London, YourTV London|
|Maidstone/Tonbridge||Bluebell Hill||KMTV Kent||11 July 2017||TVKent|
|Manchester||Winter Hill||That's Manchester||31 May 2015||Made in Manchester, Manchester News Channel, MCR TV, Metro8 Manchester, YourTV Manchester|
|Middlesbrough||Bilsdale||Made in Teesside||30 March 2017||TeesVision|
|Mold||Moel-y-Parc||Made in North Wales||Serch TV Mold|
|Norwich||Tacolneston||Mustard TV||24 March 2014||NR ONE|
|Notts TV||27 May 2014||Television Nottingham|
|Newcastle/Sunderland||Pontop Pike||Made in Tyne & Wear||12 November 2014||Metro8 Newcastle, NEON-TV, YourTV Newcastle|
|Oxford||Oxford||That's Oxfordshire||17 April 2015||Oxford 8, Oxford 8|
|Preston/Blackpool||Winter Hill||That's Lancashire ||24 August 2015||Metro8 Preston, YourTV Blackpool & Preston|
|Reading||Hannington||That's Thames Valley||3 May 2017|
|Salisbury||Salisbury||That's Salisbury||19 July 2017|
|Scarborough||Oliver's Mount||That's North Yorkshire||1 August 2017|
|Sheffield||Sheffield||Sheffield Live TV||23 September 2014||Metro8 Sheffield, YourTV Sheffield|
|Southampton/Portsmouth||Rowridge||That's Solent||26 November 2014||TV Solent|
|Swansea||Kilvey Hill||That's Swansea Bay||12 July 2016||Love Swansea|
|York||Bilsdale||That's York||26 June 2017||none|
In August 2012, 57 applications were received to provide these services. Bristol, Brighton & Hove and Grimsby attracted only one bid each. Plymouth and Swansea received no bids from potential broadcasters.
† The owners of Birmingham licence City8 went into administration before the channel launched. The licence was re-awarded to another operator, Big Centre TV.
In March 2013, Ofcom announced that more areas had been selected to invite bids for local television services, in addition to re-advertising the previously un-awarded Swansea and Plymouth locations.
|Primary location||Transmitter||Winning operator||Launch date||Other bids|
|Bangor||Llanddona||not awarded||Bay TV Gwynedd|
|Inverness||Rosemarkie||not awarded||ICTV (Moray Firth Media Trust)|
|Luton||Sandy Heath||not awarded|
|Plymouth||Caradon Hill||That's Plymouth|
|Stoke-on-Trent||not awarded||Bay TV Stoke|
|Stratford-upon-Avon||Lark Stoke||Upon 8|
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