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Applicants for Norwich TV licence revealed

10:25 15 August 2012

Applications for new local TV licences introduced by culture secretary Jeremy Hunt have been revealed.

Applications for new local TV licences introduced by culture secretary Jeremy Hunt have been revealed.

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Two organisations have made applications for a local television licence that would give them the right to broadcast in Norwich and the surrounding area.

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Earlier this year Parliament passed several orders which gave the communications and media regulator Ofcom the power to award licences for a new generation of local TV services at 21 locations around the country.

In Norwich the organisations applying for the single broadcasting licence are Archant, which publishes the Eastern Daily Press and is bidding to run a TV service called Mustard, and a group which is bidding to run a service called NR ONE.

As well as Norwich, cities where local TV licences will be granted include London, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has pioneered the idea, said: “There’s a huge appetite for local news and information in communities the length and breadth of the country. I want people to be able to watch television that’s truly relevant to them.”

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4 comments

  • What a nightmare prospect, a TV channel as obscure and beside the facts, as biased and Tory hugging as their publications!

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Mustard, that would certainly cut it for Archant's unity with NCC's Media.

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    Honest John

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • What the hell are they thinking? "America has lots of local TV stations, so we should too, so we can be more like the great success that is the US!" Completely bonkers, any UK local TV station is going to be even more corrupt and stupid than the local rags. I presume the plan is that the companies can eventually all go bust and then the "obvious" solution will to allow be to allow a few select right thinking moguls run chains with five minutes "local" programming a day. All part of the "fixing broken Britain" plan.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • A quick look at the DCMS website shows that Kevin Piper is involved in the non-Archant application. I guess this is Kevin Piper of ex-Anglia Sport and news fame?

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    lockers

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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