Sheffield TV plans

SHEFFIELD and other major cities could soon have their own TV stations under Government plans.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he wanted to make local television a reality, inviting firms to register their interest by March 1 in running a channel with local news and other content.

Licences for local television services will be handed out before the end of 2012, with a goal of “10 to 20 local TV services operating by 2015”.

Mr Hunt has long championed the concept of local television, having described the media as “chronically over-centralised”.

He said last year: “It is crazy that a city like Sheffield, for example, does not have its own television station like it would have in most other developed countries.”

The Government is inviting existing and new media providers to come forward with suggestions as to how a network channel – or local TV ‘spine’ – could work.