BBC offer to acquire news content from licensed local TV providers

The BBC has committed to offer support for the UK’s emerging local-TV sector in two ways; by providing capital funding for the development of infrastructure, and by purchasing content from the holders of the relevant licences (‘”L-DTPS licences”) in their early years.

This helps to support the continued existence of a plurality of news providers at all levels of the UK. We believe plurality of news is important.

The terms of the content-acquisition scheme have been revised during the life of the project, notably by enhancing our offer to purchase ‘diary’ news footage, and by the extension of the scheme to permit any station that has launched by July 31 2017 to participate in it.