Local Broadcasting: Television

Department for Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 July 2014 to Question 206245, if he will meet representatives from BLTV Ltd to discuss its progress on delivering a local television franchise for Birmingham; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Culture Media and Sport)

Ofcom are currently in contact with the administrator for BLTV about the possibility of transferring the licence to another party in order to launch local services in Birmingham. It would not be appropriate for myself or my Rt. Hon. Friend, the Secretary of State to meet with BLTV or their representatives while this matter is considered by Ofcom.

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