Comux selects Arqiva for UK local TV transmission network
Editor | 30-07-2013
Communications infrastructure and media services provider Arqiva has won the rights to provide transmission services for the new local TV network in the UK.
Local TV locations are launching across the UK, with 19 to be rolled out later in 2013 and into 2014, broadcasting on Freeview channel 8 in England and Wales.
This prominent channel position will help local television establish itself and access larger audiences and revenues than would otherwise be the case. Comux, the community-owned business appointed by UK broadcast regulator Ofcom to build and operate the local TV broadcasting infrastructure, has appointed Arqiva to provide the principle transmission services including network access and managed transmissions.
Under the terms of the agreement, Comux will be able to use Arqiva masts, power supplies and new antennas on transmission sites. “Arqiva’s history in programme transmission services, and their ability to deliver local television within a very short timescale made them an obvious choice for Comux, said Comux chief executive Ed Hall. “ Arqiva’s 24/7 support services will enable the local stations to maintain a good reliable service which is critical to ensuring quality and professionalism.”
Arqiva will also manage the transmission of Comux’s high power playout signal, providing local TV stations with the final link they need to broadcast their programming. Added its managing director – broadcast & media, Steve Holebrook: “The launch of local TV services across the UK is an exciting part of the new broadcasting landscape and we are delighted to be part of it, working with the dynamic and creative team at Comux in support of the roll-out.”