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Local Television News

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his policy is on the future provision of local television news; and if he will make a statement. (259245)

Ofcom is creating more opportunities for local TV in the UK by releasing geographically targeted interleaved spectrum for auction. Ofcom has also commissioned analysis of the economic sustainability of different types of local television services. It will be important in considering local TV services to do so in the context of a sustainable local media ecology, also including print, radio, the internet and other relevant media.