Applications being sought to run local TV channels in Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee and Inverness

APPLICATIONS are being sought by the broadcasting regulators, Ofcom, to run local TV channels in Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee and Inverness.

It represents the next phase of a plan to have local TV channels operating throughout the UK and which recently saw STV – in association with local universities, Edinburgh Napier and Glasgow Caledonian – win the licences to run channels for Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Says the broadcasting watchdog: “Ofcom today invites expressions of interest to offer local TV services in 30 locations across the UK, ahead of a second phase of licensing.

“Earlier this month, Ofcom announced that it had awarded 19 licences in the first phase, with Preston concluding the process. This follows duties given to Ofcom by Parliament to license local TV. It is hoped that some channels in the first phase may be on air before the end of 2013.”

As well as the Scots locations, others include Mold, Guildford, Plymouth and Bangor.

A privately-owned online TV channel operates in Ayrshire already, here.

And there’s also and

The closing date for expressions of interest is the 24th of next month.