The award follows legislation enabling Ofcom to issue local TV licences. Cambridge is one of 30 towns in Britain chosen by the government to host local TV channels, using the old analogue TV transmitters for new, localised channels on Freeview.The channel will be broadcast on DTT by the local multiplex, a discrete amount of spectrum reserved for local TV broadcasting on DTT.
Peterborough wasn't in the initial roll out, and could ONLY provide a local TV service if a new multiplex [MUX] was installed and paid for, and approved. this has to be following a joint submission by Comux ( who provide the MUX ) with the intending broadcaster. The bid would then be ratified by Ofcom. Clearly substantive up-front financial investment is required along with a willingness of Comux to extend its own transmitter footprint.
The licence awarded to: Cambridge:
In Cambridge we have a unique opportunity to provide high quality, intelligent TV which is of interest to local inhabitants and to a much wider audience on the web.
Cambridge offers access to a world-leading community of experts, researchers and innovators in every field, giving Cambridge TV a brand that’s recognised internationally. Let’s use it to tell Cambridge’s amazing stories to the global online audience.
What is Cambridge TV>
⁃ On the internet, everyone can see Cambridge TV, so that’s our most important broadcast medium!
⁃ On Freeview and Virgin Media, our footprint extends in a big circle around Cambridge, from Ely to the Shelfords, north to south, and from Madingley to Fulbourn, west to east. It may be possible to receive Cambridge TV further afield than that.
2: How do I tune in on Freeview?
⁃ You may need to retune to watch Cambridge TV. After launch, you can follow the Digital UK guide to retuning.
3: What’s the idea behind local TV?
⁃ Cambridge is one of 30 towns in Britain chosen by the government to host local TV channels, using the old analogue TV transmitters for new, localised channels on Freeview. Ofcom invited applications in two phases, and Cambridge Presents Ltd was successful in applying for the Cambridge licence in October 2013. The initial licenses are for 12 years and can be extended.
⁃ For more information about other local TV around the UK, see the Local TV Network website.
4: Who’s paying for it?
⁃ We have private investment and a contribution from the licence fee in exchange for sharing news content with the BBC
5: Are you related to BBC Cambridgeshire?
⁃ We share news stories with BBC Cambridgeshire, for possible use on TV or radio. The News Content Deal is arranged through the BBC Trust
6: How do I get involved?
⁃ There are lots of ways to get involved at every level: professionally, commercially, as a volunteer… see our Get Involved section for details. The Cambridge TV studio is just off Newmarket Road.
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