Wales

Ofcom rejects local TV service bid for Bangor

  • 14 March 2014
  • From the section Wales

Plans for a local TV service in Bangor have been scrapped by the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom.

The new service was supposed to be part of a UK government push to have local television channels across Britain.

Bay TV Gwynedd was the only company who put forward a bid for the licence for a Bangor channel.

However, Ofcom's broadcast licensing committee (BLC) said the funding model for Bangor would not sustain the service over the licence period.

Ofcom has so far awarded 25 local TV licences, including in Mold and Swansea.

The UK government said there was demand for more local programmes than those offered by BBC or commercial television channels.

Potential shortfalls

The Ofcom committee said Bay TV Gwynedd's business model relied heavily on advertising revenue.

It said as Bangor only had a coverage of 16,000 households, the required revenue was "unlikely to be achievable".

No alternative, sustainable funding stream was offered to make up a potential shortfall, the committee said.

A committee report concluded: "In the BLC's view, the applicant would not be able to maintain the proposed service over the licence period and therefore decided not to award the licence for Bangor."

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