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News - 15 December 2011

Brighton & Hove to get local TV station

Jeremy Hunt the Secretary of State for Culture, announced this week that the city is one of 20 'pioneer areas' to receive TV licences.

These areas were identified as having good local spectrum coverage and significant levels of interest from potential operators and audiences. Ofcom will now consult on these areas and its proposed licensing process.

Bill Smith from Latest TV has been leading the bid for the city since the consultation process began with hundreds of expressions of interest across the country which led to a shortlist of 65 local areas whittled down to 20 pioneer areas.

This bid has been fully supported by Juice 107 and by Wired Sussex. Also committed to the bid are various members of the business community, the two universities and FE college, local celebrities and the general public with thousands signing petitions in support of Brighton and Hove having its own television station.

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