TV Regulator Extends Deadline for ITVd Licence Auction

22 May 2002

Britain’s commercial television regulator, the Independent Television Commission, has acceded to requests for more time from potential bidders for the digital licenses - now up for grabs after the recent failure of ITV Digital.

The extension was requested to allow the development of technical proposals for the terrestrial digital platform, and the ITC has granted a two-week extension until June 13, by which date all bids must be lodged. The formal tender stage will follow, at which time the list of applicants will be revealed.

Several organisations, including the BBC, are believed to have registered interest in the three multiplex licences formerly owned by ITVd. And gossip around the TV parish pump has it that Carlton Communications and Granada Media – the 50/50 owners of the failed platform – are contemplating a joint bid.

Data sourced from: BBC Online Business News (UK); additional content by WARC staff