Through detailed planning work and analysis of areas with good geographic interleaved spectrum coverage,
Ofcom has identified 65 locations available for local TV broadcast services. These locations
If you can say, in than two pages, why your town should be chosen to have one of the first local TV on Freeview services, you are asked to answer the following two questions.
Question 1: Why do you think your town or city (if it is shown above) should be among the first of those selected to bid for a local TV licence?
Question 2: We would like to understand what approach potential the multiplex operator for local TV (MuxCo) bidders would take to the locations in this paper in order to make their business models work. Which locations are necessary to ensure a successful MuxCo model?
Ian: It's all about what is achievable from the existing main transmitternetwork. That leads to some weird locations. Burnley, pop. 73,000, because it's off the existing 6-mux Pendle Forest transmitter; Mold, pop. 9,568, from Moel-Y-Parc, being the only town that could be covered. I can't see a town of < 10,000 people having a viable TV service!
In fact I can't even tell why Pendle Forest was included in the original 81 DTT sites, as it doesn't really cover any major population centre not served by Winter Hill. It was quite powerful pre-DSO, actually no power increase on the first four muxes at DSO; perhaps it filled a hole in the original Winter Hill coverage, before the equalization programme of 2000?
Again, Cambridge and Norwich are proposed locations. The south and east edges of the country are hard to serve anyway with overseas co-ordination required, Ipswich is likely too far from Sudbury and the transmission would head out toward Belgium and the Netherlands rather than being contained.
The mucking about with many DSO steps at Waltham, Sandy Heath and Sudbury indicates what a problem the terrain of eastern England is. It just may not be possible to find a free channel providing enough space for a Derby service off Waltham. Using relays has obviously gone in the 'too expensive' bucket.
The thing that hasn't really be talked about and discussed on UK Free TV is the content of local TV programmes.
Will it be just local news or will there be other programmes like local history and geography?
Interviews with local celebrities and important local members of the community?
And what hours will these local station broadcast from/to?
I doubt they will be 24 hours?
I wonder what they'll show the rest of the time?
Will they just shut down or will they carry Teleshopping like all other channels seem to do when they shut down?
It will be interesting to see which local TV stations I can receive when they start as I get very good signals from Winter Hill, The Wrekin and Sutton Coldfield.
I know these local station will be on a much lower power but you never know how strong or weak the signals come in where I live.