Ofcom has just “. awarded the first licences to run local TV services in two areas of the UK. The new licences are for digital terrestrial TV (DTT) channels in Brighton and Grimsby.”
The Brighton channel Latest TV, we think, is rather interesting in that it has, as far as we can see, grown out of their online TV activities. It will be commercial and “…be a channel of general entertainment with a focus on local news, views and current affairs.”
Ofcom have released a redacted version of the Local Digital Television Programme Service (L-DTPS) Licence Application Form which gives the channels background. “Latest TV began life in May 2010 to cover the Brighton Festival. It has since grown to employ a full time staff of 6 people plus freelancers, making regular programmes for our online TV station. We have produced 40 editions of our online magazine show ‘Brighton Lights’. We have a current affairs show and have recently started a regular news programme. We are the leading internet TV channel in Brighton & Hove. In 2012,”
Bill Smith is the CEO & joint founder of Latest Homes Ltd (as well as the CEO of Latest TV) whose “….core product is Latest Homes and Latest 7 magazine; a weekly, city wide news magazine covering news, what’s on, property, music, arts, TV, theatre, food & drink, business and regular columnists.”
In website terms currently thelatest.tv links directly to thelatest.co.uk ‘s TV pages. .tv has Latest Homes Ltd as their Registrant and .co.uk has Cannon Publishing which probably needs updating!. Latest.tv is parked at Sedo but we guess it might now warrant a premium price!
They intend to expand their online service in line with their Local digital TV broadcasting (initially set to transmit 500 hours of content in year 1).
Perhaps this is a sort of microcosm of how parts of the mainstream media might develop turning increasingly to online and TV publication/broadcasting plus local digital broadcasts.
We shall see.
We couldn’t help but notice that amongst the stated backers of the new channel (Michael Holland, Catherine Smith, Lord March and William Knight) the secret millionaire on his travels went to Grimsby (which was the other recipient of a local TV licence). We wonder where his future travels might take him!
Bill Smith’s comments on the licence award.
Caroline Lucas (Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion) comments.
Latest TV’s latest showreel