Mold's Own TV Station Culd Finally Broadcast This Autumn

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016

A TV station covering Flintshire and Denbighshire should finally start broadcasting this autumn.

Media regulator Ofcom awarded the first broadcasting licence for the area to Bay TV back in 2014.

Bay TV Clwyd, operating out of Liverpool, was set to provide coverage for Mold , Ruthin and Denbigh , as well the surrounding towns and villages that October but has so far not broadcast a single show.

The Daily Post contacted the firm after news emerged that Bay TV Liverpool had this week entered administration.

Company chief executive Chris Johnson said Bay TV Clwyd was a separate company and was not in administration.

He added they soon hoped to go live with broadcasts.

He said: “The North Wales station is separate to the Liverpool company.

“This has not gone into administration.

“The launch of the service has been delayed due to delays with the transmitter at Moel-y-Parc.

“These have now been rectified and we are confident that we will be launching the channel by the autumn.

“We have had an extension from Ofcom until October to launch the service.”

When it awarded the service Ofcom said that Bay TV’s bid had demonstrated that it was designed to meet the needs of the area and would broaden the range of programming available.

The signal is to be beamed out on Freeview from the Moel-y-Parc mast near Caerwys on Channel 26.

Bay TV was founded after former Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced plans in 2011 for a largely privately-funded network of local TV stations to be launched across the UK.

Some £40m of BBC licence fee cash was put forward to help fund Local TV in the first three years – with £25m going on the broadcasting infrastructure and £5m a year being used to subsidise programming.


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