Local TV highlighted in UK’s new communications act

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the government will undertake a thorough review of media in the UK ahead of a new communications act, reports Broadband TV News.
Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention, Mr Hunt gave details of his Action Plan for local television, which is based on the Shott report published last month, and broadcasting local TV over the terrestrial network.
Mr Hunt invited new and existing media providers to register their interest by the 1st March with a view to awarding the first licences by the end of 2012 and have them “up and running” soon after.
“For consumers, what this will mean is a new channel dedicated to the provision of local news and content – one that will sit alongside other public service broadcasters, offering a new voice for local communities, with local perspectives that are directly relevant to the
Source: Broadband TV News
Item added: 20th January 2011