Edinburgh and Glasgow Shortlisted as Possible Local TV Hubs

Edinburgh and Glasgow are among a shortlist of 20 locations that broadcasting regulators, Ofcom, thinks would be ideal for local TV.

The shortlist was chosen from 65 locations identified in August by the UK government as possible bases for local TV.

The UK government is keen on there being a roll-out of local TV provision, delivered via both TV transmitters and the internet.

The 20 sites are: Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Grimsby, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Preston, Southampton and Swansea.

Of the remaining 45 – in Scotland: Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee, Elgin, Falkirk, Greenock and Inverness - it is understood that there is a demand to provide local TV in 24 of them and not much interest in the remaining 21; albeit that a consultation phase is still ongoing.

Despite having its Channel 3 service provided by Tyne Tees, in the north-east of England, rather than STV in Glasgow, the south of Scotland was conspicuous by its absence in the original list.

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