Following the Government's statements of policy in A new framework for local TV in the UK, Local TV: Pioneer locations, and Local TV: Making the vision happen, it has laid three Orders before Parliament that, if they enter into force, would create a statutory framework for local television. These are the Local Digital Television Programme Services Order ('s.244 Order'), the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 (Directions to OFCOM) Order ('s.5 Order') and the Code of Practice for Electronic Programme Guides (Addition of a Programme Service) Order ('s.310 Order').
Respectively, the Orders would create a framework for licensing a new class of television services; direct Ofcom to reserve spectrum for these services; and establish the status of these services in relation to Electronic Programme Guides (EPGs).
Ofcom is consulting now so that we can advertise licences as soon as possible. The proposals in this document are based on the Orders being passed by Parliament, and all are conditional on that happening. If the Orders were not passed, Ofcom would withdraw this consultation and give notice to this effect.