No, we’re not launching our own TV channel – but four of the UK’s cathedral cities might be.
Bristol, Norwich, Oxford and Cardiff are all among the 20 towns and cities that have been chosen by media watchdog Ofcom as “potential pioneer locations” of local television.
Factors that Ofcom took into consideration included “population, spectrum coverage, interest from potential providers and public interest”.
Announcing the 20 pioneer areas, culture secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “I am confident these new stations will provide local communities with programming which is relevant to their daily lives, will support local democracy, boost the big society and enhance local communities.”
The government is aiming to license the first local television stations from next summer, with 10 to 12 services running by 2015.
So the next time you visit a cathedral city, you could be watching local TV from your hotel room.
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