UK Commercial TV Stations Get Digital Licences

30 November 2004

UK media watchdog Ofcom has issued new digital licences to the country's commercial terrestrial TV broadcasters.

The replacement licences will allow ITV, Channel 4, Five and Teletext to broadcast on multichannel digital platforms such as the BBC-backed Freeview.

The new arrangements include an analogue component, allowing for the continuation of existing services until the completion of the UK's preparations to switch off the analogue signal by 2012.

Ofcom says the licences are not linked to the separate reviews of licence terms for ITV and Five. Due to be completed next summer, these examine the broadcasters' public service obligations.

Data sourced from Financial Times Online; additional content by WARC staff