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Local TV - an introduction | Local TV
Monday 16 May 2011 5:14PM

My friend lived near Oxford and watched local TV, as part of a local TV franchise, on a channel called Six Oxford, but I understand this service ceased around or before April 2009.

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Tuesday 15 January 2013 10:24PM

Dave Ja Vu is back on Freeview Channel 25 from lunchtime on 3rd Jan 2013, for a limited period. Retune your boxes now!
After the retune I got Dave Ja Vu is on for the hours of Dave, plus one hour.
Also after my retune ( from Sandy Heath ) I had an extra channel, also Test, also I have found on Crystal Place Freeview MUXs.

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I think that the BBC should privatise BBC 3 to, for example UKTV ( the part BBC Worldwide/Scripps Networks Interactive ), to provide a coverage7pm to 1am ( or longer, say 24 hours a day ) with advertising. However the Broadcasting Act, but it specifically forbids the BBC from using for non-BBC output, so this would need parliamentary approval!

Apart from e4 & 4Music, their is no direct young adult ( aged 16 to 24 ) market channel on Freeview and not all of BBC 3 audience has the bandwidth to stream the iplayer version of what BBC 3 will become.

The new channel of the former BBC 3 could move to 24 hours a day, by using the channel of the BBC redbutton ( freeview channel 601 ) as currently the BBC makes poor use of what is on its red button, on Freeview its on 24 hours a day, but what is broadcast is not listed in any listing magazine I have seen. This would give the space for BBC to extend CBBC until 7.55pm/8.55pm and the BBC redbutton from 9pm to 5.55am, for Freeview/Freeview light homes.

The new channel of the former BBC 3, should then move to add home made and overseas comedy and a stop the unsaleable fly on the wall documentaries. As well as overseas young adult drama.

The BBC's given reason for the closedown of BBC 3 is to allow the BBC to make more drama, but it should be making commercially viable drama, that can be sold by BBC Worldwide, to cover the production costs. The BBC needs to make programs like Downton Abbey, which has been acquired in over 220 territories and is viewed by an estimated global audience of 120 million people ( source Downton Abbey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ).

Another option of income for the BBC, would be allowing Arqiva to add commercial channel space, to its standard definition PSB MUX BBC A.

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