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Local TV Update

DCMS recently consulted on proposals to remove the ceiling cap preventing independent producers from holding more than 25 per cent of a local TV broadcast licence and remove the statutory independent production quota from applying to local TV services consistent with the European Audiovisual Media Services Directive.

“In order to benefit the emerging local TV sector and to increase commercial opportunities,” the Secretary of State is minded to lay secondary legislation to remove the 10 per cent independent production quota and the 25 per cent ownership ceiling (subject to cross-Government clearance). 

This legislation is only relevant to local TV services, as defined in the Local Digital Programme Services Order 2012.  There are currently no plans to change the rules around independent producers and independent production in relation to other types of broadcast licence. The DCMS expects to confirm its  approach formally in the next month.  

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