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Broadcaster joins bid to run local TV channel

A company set up with the aim of running local TV services has secured the backing of Scottish broadcaster STV.

Channel 6 is among the bidders to run a national ‘spine’ as a backbone for local TV, who had to submit expressions of interest in running the network by Tuesday.

The channel has now been joined by STV which is backing its bid and would work in partnership to create local programmes for Scottish viewers.

Channel 6 chief executive Richard Horwood said: “Our partnership with STV will enable us to deliver a truly relevant service right across Scotland, and will define the template for our local services in the other devolved nations.”

Channel 6 revealed last week it had set up partnerships with Sunderland and Cardiff universities to deliver local TV.

There are understood to have been 11 bidders including Channel 6 who have expressed an interest in running the national network.

They are Element Television Limited, the Local Television Network headed by Greg Dyke, Welsh producer Tinopolis, Inclusive Digital, SixTelevision, TripleSEE, Welsh independent producer Cube Interactive, Birmingham-based City TV Broadcasting, the Scottish Television Network and Local6 – a partnership between former Channel 4 chairman Luke Johnson and former BBC and ITV executive Paul Jackson.