Jörn Krieger ©RapidTVNews | 14-09-2011

German family channel Bibel TV ("Bible TV") will terminate its DTT distribution in the Rhine Main region at the end of this year.

The affiliated high costs could not be refinanced in the long run, the Christian TV channel's deputy head Beate Busch told Rapid TV News.

Busch stressed that the move would not herald a general retreat from DTT transmissions, affirming that there were currently no plans for further DTT retreats.

"We continue to work on the expansion of our technical reach and have applied for DTT capacity in other regions," said Busch.

Bibel TV recommends affected viewers to receive the channel in digital via cable, satellite, IPTV or internet.

Local media authority LPR has commenced a tender for the new allocation of the DTT slot currently occupied by Bibel TV. The channel, which is broadcast from the three transmitter sites Großer Feldberg, Frankfurt/Main and Wiesbaden, has a technical reach of more than 6 million households in the Rhein Main region in federal states Hessen and Rhineland-Palatinate.

TV broadcasters interested in the slot can submit their applications to LPR until 14 October 2011. The media authority wants to complete the allocation procedure by Christmas 2011.