Frank Le Duc, who was made redundant from Brighton’s The Argus in December 2008, is to be head of news at Latest TV Limited, which Ofcom has announced as one of the first two successful bids to run local TV channels.
His role at Latest TV, which is already being run as an internet channel, will include presenting a programme called The Vote, which aims to be “Brighton’s version of Newsnight”.
The licence has been awarded for the new channel as part of the government’s plans to roll-out local TV, with the first phase seeing applications made for channels in 21 cities.
Latest TV plans to launch as a local TV channel within 10-18 months of its licence being issued and aims to initially provide a minumum of two hours of original programming a day, five days a week.
It aims for 90pc of its news coverage to be local, while it has a deal with Press Association to provide national news.
The channel has also partnered with hyperlocal news site Brighton and Hove News, which is run by Frank.
Latest TV’s application for the channel states: “Brighton has a vibrant cultural scene and is a recognised media and technology cluster, offering a receptive audience for a new local TV station.
“We will produce and transmit a broad range of programmes with a commitment to reflect the interests of the community with high quality local perspectives on news, business and all local issues, a principle that will underpin our news and current affairs coverage.”
Frank has been a journalist for more than 25 years and worked at the Financial Times and The Times before joining The Argus.
He was axed from his role as the paper’s deputy editor on New Year’s Eve in 2008 but then made a comeback a year later as the new editor-in-chief of Northcliffe subsidiary East Surrey and Sussex News and Media Ltd.
However, he left that position after nine months to pursue other interests, including a hyperlocal website for Brighton.
The other local TV licence awarded so far by Ofcom is to Channel 7 Television Community Interest Company, which will run a channel in Grimsby called Lincolnshire Living.
Ofcom is due to announced the other successful bids later in the autumn.