Culture Minister acknowledges Local TV achievements

Press release 24 January 2017

 

Culture Minister acknowledges Local TV achievements

DCMS minister Matt Hancock has highlighted the progress made by Local TV in the UK.

He told MPs, peers, and industry leaders, that local stations had made impressive strides since the first station was launched three years ago.

Twenty-one stations are now on air with a further dozen scheduled to launch in the first half of 2017.

Mr Hancock was speaking at a reception, staged by the House of Commons by the sector trade body, the Local TV Network.

He praised local TV stations for their output – referring to the hundreds of hours of original content currently produced each week by city TV licence holders.

Local TV Network Chairman Chris Johnson said Ofcom figures show that LTVN members produced more than 14,000 hours of original, first run content in 2015 alone.

Johnson told the Commons gathering on Tuesday: “It means that local TV station are now broadcasting more original programmes than the similar combined output of BBC2, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

“This is an amazing achievement and one of which we are rightly proud.”

The meeting also heard that BARB audience survey data shows that local TV is now attracting a combined viewer numbers of more than 7.5 million each month.

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