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New bidders come forward to run local TV ‘spine’

Two more groups have joined the crowded race to run a national TV network which will host local TV services.

Element Television Limited has submitted an expression of interest to culture secretary Jeremy Hunt to manage a proposed national ‘spine’ for local TV stations, some of which could be run by newspaper groups.

The company says its model will see local TV stations use national network programming where necessary but have local news, entertainment and information at their core.

And a group looking to establish a Scottish network has also announced its plans to submit a bid to Mr Hunt before the tomorrow’s deadline.

They join a number of bidders who have already expressed an interest in running the national network channel including Channel 6 which has signed a partnership deal with Sunderland and Cardiff universities and the Local Television Network, headed by Greg Dyke.

Other submissions have come from Welsh producer Tinopolis and former ITV News editor Nigel Dacre through his company Inclusive Digital.

Jamie Conway, Element TV founder and CEO, said: “Providing on-the-hour local news, events, sport and weather is something that has never really been considered before.

“A 30 minute evening news bulletin covering thousands of square miles was fine for the 1950s, but people today want information that is relevant to them and they want it regularly.

“We propose to make sure that viewers are never more than 30 minutes away from a local bulletin of news, weather, sport and local information throughout the day.”

Element TV says it will also focus on delivery across mobile, internet and video on demand services so even towns and villages could launch their own TV services.

And the Scottish bid, led by Dr David Rushton and backed by a group of local TV campaigners, aims to establish a network covering the whole of Scotland, with eight main local stations to cover central Scotland and six smaller ones for more rural areas.

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  • February 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm
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    Jamie Conway, Element TV founder and CEO, said: “Providing on-the-hour local news, events, sport and weather is something that has never really been considered before.” Except it has. Channel One and, up to a point, L!ve TV had a go. So did Channel M.

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