Made Television wins Ofcom decision to service local TV contract for Leeds
Ofcom has awarded the Local TV licence to Made Television with its Made in Leeds proposal.
Five applications were made to run the local TV licence included Leeds TV, Metro8, TV North and YourTV Leeds before it was decided that Made in Leeds “demonstrated greater understanding of the specific needs of the area and had stronger local links and more developed partnership proposals, which gave the BLC greater confidence that it would meet the needs of the area,” the announcement document explained. “Made in Leeds also gave more specific undertakings in its Programming Commitments, giving the BLC confidence that the needs of the area would be met in the way proposed.”
840,000 homes are expected to receive the new channel, the licence for which has been appointed for a period of 12 years and is expected to air before the end of the year.
57 applications have been received in total to service the 21 local areas across the UK that will run the scheme, with 17 already awarded, with the Evening Standard receiving the London license, YourTV Manchester set to run local services in the North West, and STV to handle local broadcasting in Glasgow and Edinburgh.