Media regulator Ofcom has named 20 proposed towns and cities as the pilot locations for the government’s Local TV plans.
Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to see a nationwide network of hyperlocal TV stations, some owned by local press operators, replacing ITV regional news from 2014.
The 20 sites are: Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Grimsby, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Preston, Southampton and Swansea.
The sites have been selected on the basis of strong local demand, technical feasibility and availability of a potential local service operator.
A further 24 sites have been named as possible additional locations for the next phase of licences.
These are: Aberdeen, Ayr, Bangor, Barnstaple, Basingstoke, Bedford, Cambridge, Carlisle, Derry/Londonderry, Dundee, Guildford, Hereford, Inverness, Kidderminster, Limavady, Luton, Maidstone, Malvern, Mold, Salisbury, Sheffield, Stoke on Trent, Stratford upon Avon and York.
Mr Hunt said: “I am confident these new stations will provide local communities with programming which is relevant to their daily lives, will support local democracy, boost the big society and enhance local communities.”