65 potentials sites for local TV across UK named

The government has identified 65 towns and cities across the UK which could host new local TV statio

The government today identified 65 towns and cities across the UK which could host new local TV stations from 2014.

It is now up to businesses and community groups across the country to put together bids to run the publicly subsidised services, the first of which are set to start transmitting in in the third quarter of 2013.

According to Department of Culture Media and Sport up to 20 "pioneer" stations could be granted licences in the first wave of local TV. However, investment banker Nicholas Shott recommended in a government study last year that the existing funding structure would support between ten and 12 local TV stations be set up around conurbations in the first wave of local TV.

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