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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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New Carlisle TV station may be broadcasting by 2020

A new television station dedicated to Carlisle could be on the air before the end of the decade.

Ofcom, the government agency which regulates the broadcasting industry, is to advertise for a licence to run a new station this year.

The announcement comes after Comux, a London-based co-operative firm, was appointed to operate the technical infrastructure yesterday. The company will initially provide local TV stations in 19 locations around the UK. These will be broadcast on Freeview channel eight.

It has also announced 28 other places where such stations could be set up, including Carlisle.

Ofcom will now look for expressions of interest in the station. This has been welcomed by the city’s political leaders.

John Stevenson MP said: “Any new investment to the city of Carlisle is to be welcomed this is a unique opportunity. It could be very interesting.”

He added: “It is a compliment to Carlisle that they are looking at the city.”

Carlisle City Council leader Joe Hendry welcomed the idea, but with some caution.

“Local television can be very good in some ways but sometimes I think they struggle with communities,” he told the News & Star.

He pointed out that on travels to Germany and the United States he has noticed that many cities the size of Carlisle have their own television stations.

However, he added that the quality of local media in Carlisle is extremely high and said he would want any new station to live up to this standard.

He said: “If it’s going to be a similar TV station that did a similar job, that would be fine. I would be concerned if it threatened the existing media.”

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Would be better if it was a dedicated Cumbria channel?
Try looking at our project www.cumbriatv.net. We used to be Lakes TV but are now Cumbria TV. Online 24/7, programmes occasionally on SKY (& soon to be on Freeview).

Posted by Gary Robinson on 18 September 2013 at 16:16

Would be better if it was a dedicated Cumbria channel. That would be good for the whole county then, would bring in more revenue, would not only benefit locals but give info for tourists to the area and would give a much wider range of things to actually talk about on the channel.
I dont know if a channel just for the city would have enough to go on about for long without repeating itself.
I would love to know whats going on all around the lake district, especially during the warmer months. It would also help businesses to get known around the county so that we could more successfully keep business local rather than watch too much go to the internet. And of course thst means more jobs...

Posted by Si on 4 February 2013 at 23:01

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