The government has announced the shortlist of areas which will be considered for a licence for local TV after expressions of interest were invited earlier this year. Brighton and Hove based Latest TV put in a bid supported by local MPs, the city council, Juice FM and Wired Sussex. Brighton and Hove is now on the shortlist.
Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, said: "We need to decide which areas are best placed to pioneer the new service." Mr Hunt has now asked the shortlisted bidders to make the case for why their city/town should be first. Latest TV is now proceeding with the bid to be the first licensed local TV station.
"We have huge television talent in this city, the business plan and the political support to make this happen," said Bill Smith, Managing Director of Latest TV.
"We have a world-class city, England's leading arts festival, a brand new football stadium, two world class universities leading the way in science and innovation, the excellent City College and a network of great digital companies alongside the range of diverse and innovative businesses.
Bill Randall, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council said: “Brighton & Hove City Council is happy to support Latest TV's bid for a local TV station for the city. Regional TV coverage of the city's news is sparse, and we welcome this bid to provide full local news coverage and establish a TV industry based in the city.”
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