UK Local TV

Coming to Belfast (and Lisburn)

in 2014,

a new, local TV channel on Freeview ch 8


On Tuesday 9th October 2012, Ofcom announced that NVTV (Northern Visions TV) have been awarded the licence to operate a new digital terrestrial local TV service for Belfast. In addition to covering the greater Belfast area, it’s expected that the signal will be picked up in Lisburn and beyond in the south, and will likely extend to Larne in the north (see coverage).  Expected launch date is late September,  2014.

Service name: NvTv
Contact: Marilyn Hyndman
Public address: Northern Visions, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FF
Email address:
Phone number: 028 9024 5495 ext 207

Background to Local TV in the UK

The UK Government announced in July 2011 that it is creating the opportunity for local TV licences to be awarded through a competitive selection process run by Ofcom. The service will be delivered by a digital terrestrial signal to around 65 towns and cities across the UK. See Potential UK Locations. Belfast and Derry/Londonderry are listed.

In the recently published document, ‘A new framework for local TV in the UK’, Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, stated,

“The Government is enabling a new local TV market to emerge on a scale never achieved before.”

“I am confident this will manifest itself into a new opportunity for businesses, for communities and for audiences as a whole.”

“This is only the beginning: …We want to get new local TV services on the Freeview platform… we want to see these pioneer services enabling the transition within the market for local TV to reach across the UK on internet protocol television (IPTV).”

“I encourage you to start thinking about how you will respond to the proposals set out here and be a part of the vision for local TV.”

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