Channel 5 +1 to launch early December on Freeview and Freesat
According to Richard Desmond to launch Channel 5+1 - Media - guardian.co.uk and Channel 5+1 to launch next month - News - Broadcast, Channel 5 +1 will launch within weeks.
"We are extremely proud of where Channel 5 currently sits in terms of its viewers, its commercial opportunities and the spread of its content across a variety of platforms," says Jeff Ford, director of programming for C5.
Mike Dimmick: Good point about the multiplex.
It is of note that the BBC and Arqvia went to a lot of trouble to get permission to sell the MuxB-ArqA/B combined offer, and yet there has been space on MuxB going spare all this time.
I understand that Arqiva/BBC were still making this offer available to people in the last few months.
At some point in the dim and distant past, the fourth multiplex was 50% allocated to S4C and 50% to Channel 5, so I guess it is possible that TUTV's lease for G.O.L.D and Home will expire and Channel 5 will have access.
Channel 5 has less regulatory problems with it's regions (which are "Scotland", "Northern England", "London" and "Everywhere else") and they never bothered about them on Freeview when Channel 5 was on Multiplex A. Given that A/SDN is split into Wales and non-Wales version they could do it of course, but seems a lot of trouble for a +1 and everyone on Freesat gets Channel 5 (London) anyway.
Channel 5 was going to move to the BBCA multiplex at switchover, but when BBCB was allocated to Freeview HD, as part of this deal, Channel 5 got a D3&4 slot, and ITV got compensated for their loss by getting a BBCB slot for ITV1 HD.
Teletext's services cannot be removed from D3&4 by Ofcom. The provision for the "national teletext provider" getting 5% of the multiplex is in primary legislation. Mr Hunt would have to change this, and if the 5% was taken away then Mr Hunt would decide who it was allocated to. It was never the Channel 3 licence holders in the first place, it cannot "revert" to them.
Broadcasting Act 1996
I note that it also says the teletext service should ensure "that the service includes a sufficient amount of news items which are of high quality and deal with both national and international matters" and "that (taken as whole) the service includes a sufficient amount of information (other than news) which is calculated to appeal to a wide variety of tastes and interests".
Not sure if Rabbit counts, really...
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