In 2012 The Government introduced legislation enabling Ofcom to license local TV in a range of different locations across the UK and agreed with the BBC Trust that up to £25m of licence fee funds would be provided to build the infrastructure. 19 phase 1 licences were granted. Some new stations are on air now, on Free View Channel 8, where others are on track to be on-air before the end of 2014. Ofcom will then continue to award more licenses for up to 30 additional local areas.
A commercially viable business model, and a reliable infrastructure to support it paves the way for this momentous change in the way that local TV is centrally and co-operatively distributed to benefit local communities. The agreed funding model for local TV reduces the financial barriers to entry that has prevented the emergence of local TV in the UK.
In 2013, Comux (a Canis Media Company) appointed TSL Systems to design and install their Centralised Network Operations and Playout center based in Birmingham.
The Playout facility forms a centralised hub where any local broadcaster can access a full range of content management services.