Cambridge Presents and Yorkshire Coast TV will be the names of the Local TV channels in Cambridge and Scarborough.
Ofcom handed the Local TV licences to the two companies, which gives them the freedom to broadcast in the Cambridge and Scarborough areas for the next 12 years.
Both of the stations will broadcast a mixture of local news and current affairs with spots for local property, sports and crafts.
Read Recombu Digital’s guide to Local TVCambridge Presents’s indicative schedule promises ‘in-house bespoke productions, primarily news and current affairs pertaining to community and locally relevant topics, combined with locally produced acquisitions and commissions.’
Yorkshire Coast TV will form part of the Estuary TV company, which has also won the licence to broadcast Local TV in Grimsby, and has promised that a least 10 per cent of programmes will be purchased from local production companies.
Cambridge and Scarborough are the first two areas to be awarded Local TV licences since the second phase of bidding began. So far, 21 licences have been granted to Local TV stations with the first one, Grimsby’s Channel 7, to launch on November 26 on Freeview channel 8.
So far, Local TV channels will only be available on Freeview from launch. Discussions about how Local TV will appear on satellite and cable platforms are still underway.
Local TV channels in England and Northern Ireland will appear on Freeview channel 8. It’s expected that Scottish and Welsh TV channels will appear on Freeview channel 34. This is because the channel 8 slot in these regions is occupied by BBC Alba and S4/C in Scotland and Wales respectively.