All local TV licences contain programming commitments which describe the licensed service the licensee is required to provide. The commitments have a specific focus on the amount and type of local content that will be broadcast on the service so as to reflect the needs and interests of the local area. The commitments set out in local TV licences reflect proposals submitted by licensees when applying for licences, which are awarded by Ofcom having regard to specified statutory criteria (although some may have been amended subsequently with Ofcom’s consent).
The Local Television Network (“LTVN”) represents several of the organisations holding local TV licences in the UK. Three of those organisations, namely: That’s TV Broadcasting Limited (under its holding company That’s Media Limited); Northern Visions Limited; and Notts TV Limited, have requested that Ofcom change some of the programming commitments in the licences for 17 of their services. These services are those for each of the following locations: Basingstoke; Carlisle; Guildford; Salisbury; Scarborough; Swansea; Edinburgh; Grimsby; Manchester; Norwich; Oxford; Preston; Reading; Southampton; Glasgow; Belfast; and Nottingham.
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