Bids for new television channel

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BIDDERS are being invited to apply to run a new television channel for Sheffield as part of Government plans to set up 21 local stations in towns and cities across the country.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport revealed that applications have already been made from groups interested in running the service in Sheffield - although officials will not say how many bids are in so far.

Potential bidders still have time to apply - and must submit their application to industry regulator, Ofcom, by Monday, August 13.

Jeremy Hunt, Culture, Media, Olympics and Sport Secretary, said: “Local TV will not only create jobs, but it will also provide communities with news and content that is relevant to their daily lives.”

Ofcom will award the licence based on a set of criteria including: provision of local news and current affairs; proposals for programmes; planned launch date; and viability of the business plan.

The competition for licences is open to both commercial and not-for-profit bids.

Once up and running, the local TV service will be broadcast on Freeview and be available to the majority of households within the licence area.