Birmingham will soon be getting its own local television channel following Ofcom’s invitation to apply for the Local-Digital Television Programme Licence in 21 cities across the UK. The government has made clear its intentions to change broadcast regulations so that local television is more commercially viable.
As part of the City TV bid CEO Debra Davis has announced four new members joining its Interim Development Board.
- Andeep Mangal, Chartered Accountant, Thapers
- Jas Sansi, Jas Sansi Photography
- Waheed Saleem, Management consultant
- Dr Imtiaz Rasool, Chief Executive, Skills Media UK
“We welcome the addition of four strong members from the Asian community. We want to ensure that our application reflects the interests of all viewers in Birmingham,” says Davis.
“Wider community and business engagement is integral to our bid for the local licence. Andy, Jas, Waheed and Imtiaz have a great many ideas they can contribute to our venture.”
Andeep Mangal: “Thapers Chartered Accountants are proud to be supporting the City TV bid, which we are sure will enhance the cultural offering of our great city of Birmingham.”
Jas Sansi: “City TV is a very exciting opportunity for Birmingham to showcase its diversity. Birmingham is a city with representation from every country and continent on earth. These voices should be, can be and will be heard on City TV.
“The spirit of City TV is an idea whose time has come, for a city that has a thousand stories to share,” concludes Sansi.
The deadline for the Ofcom application for the L-DTPS licence is 13 August 2012. It is expected that local channels will be launched in 2013-2015.