Kaleidoscope wins Birmingham broadcast licence
Ofcom has awarded the local TV licence for Birmingham to Kaleidoscope TV following the collapse of City TV earlier this year.
According to reports, the media regulator awarded the license to Kaleidoscope on the condition that it launches the service before 28 February 2015.
It is understood that the consortium was named as preferred bidder for the licence by City TV administrators Duff & Phelps in October, but Ofcom did not agree.
City TV was awarded the local TV licence by Ofcom in November 2012 and was one of several companies across the UK with permission to provide local digital TV programmes.
It had until November 2014 to broadcast but went into administration in August. It had not commenced trading, did not have a studio premises or broadcast equipment and had been unable to secure finance.
Andrew Taylor, head of corporate recovery at Shakepeares, which is advising Duff & Phelps, said: "This is a win-win for digital broadcasting in the region. We are delighted that Ofcom recognises the care and attention given to this bid and has decided to back it.
"This decision has unlocked the process and means we can now proceed with the transfer of the ‘licence to broadcast’ to Kaleidoscope TV. These discussions are already well underway and we will continue to work closely with the administrators to ensure that the new licence holder is able to begin broadcasting as soon as possible."