by JOSEPH WATTS, Political editor
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Two organisations have made applications for a local television licence that would give them the right to broadcast in Norwich and the surrounding area.
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.”