City could have own TV station

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SHEFFIELD could have its own television station to give viewers locally-made programmes and news.

The city was identified as one of 24 places that may benefit in future as culture secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed the first locations likely to launch local TV services in a network of commercially viable stations across the UK.

Among the ‘pioneer areas’, chosen following consultation, that could broadcast from 2013 are Leeds and Nottingham.

Mr Hunt said: “Local TV will be a fundamental change in broadcasting in this country, meeting a real demand for local news and content.”

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom is to soon conduct a further consultation into how licences will be awarded while legislation has yet to be approved by the Government.