First new local TV station ‘Estuary TV’ launches in Grimsby

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Media lawyers at Walker Morris have assisted Estuary TV to be the very first station to be launched under the new framework for local digital terrestrial television, announced in 2010 by the Government.

Estuary TV, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Grimsby Institute Group, commenced broadcasting on Freeview Channel 8 on Tuesday 26 November from its three TV studios at the Grimsby Institute and University Centre Grimsby. Estuary TV has also been successful in its bid to Ofcom for the licence to establish a service to cover the Scarborough area, which will hopefully begin broadcasting next September.

The licences are part of a national framework outlined in 2010 by the then Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The Government has concluded that with new technologies and platforms, there is an appetite for a radical overhaul of local and regional television in the UK which is easily available, free-to-air and financially sustainable with low ongoing costs.

Tony Bell from Estuary TV said:

“We are very pleased to be at the forefront of local TV and have very much valued the professional and supportive role played by the team at Walker Morris.”

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