Belfast Telegraph

Belfast wins licence for television channel

Belfast will have its own television channel by 2013, the Government has pledged.

The city was named yesterday as one of 20 “pioneer areas” across the country that will be the first to receive its licence.

Londonderry and Limavady were on a list of 24 “runner-up” areas which are likely to begin broadcasting in 2014

Broadcast on Freeview, the low-cost channel will have to show just one hour of local news content per day.

Three expressions of interest have been made to date from parties hoping to run the channel in Belfast, officials revealed.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the Belfast Telegraph the 500 responses across the UK had come chiefly from media organisations, including local radio stations and newspaper groups, as well as some individuals looking to run a low-cost operation.

Critics point to the failure of local television channels in major cities including Manchester and Liverpool.

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