More support for City TV

The Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has offered its formal endorsement to City TV’s efforts to secure the Local-Digital Television Programme Service (L-DTPS) licence for Birmingham. The Chamber of Commerce is supporting City TV’s bid for Birmingham’s local TV channel.

Jerry Blackett, Chief Executive, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce said: “It is clear that the City TV Birmingham team has put a great deal of effort, energy and thought to their business proposition into making local television more commercially viable. City TV has been a leading voice in the debate and a strong advocate of local television.

“The Birmingham Chamber is keen to see that Birmingham is the first city to launch a local television channel.  We want to see that the licence to broadcast locally goes to a Birmingham firm that will promote local business, contribute to the local economy, engage with all wider communities and offer viewers in the larger Birmingham area the necessary news and current affairs programming.”

Debra Davis, Chief Executive of City TV said: “City TV is based in Birmingham.  With BBC and ITV reducing its local remit, we want to use Birmingham as the launching pad to grow local television through affiliation, development and acquisitions.  City TV will take advantage of the new broadcast regulations being put in place by the government and Ofcom this year.”

City TV intends to file an application for the licence for Birmingham with the emphasis on high production values, entertaining programming and substantial local news and current affairs offering.