Latest TV wins bid 



We did it! Latest TV is proud to announce we have been awarded the licence for terrestrial TV in Brighton and Hove. At last Brighton and Hove will have its own television station with its own studios in the heart of the city at Latest Musicbar; broadcasting on Channel 8 on the Freeview platform with slots on other platforms to be confirmed.

We look forward to delivering the latest news and sport, top class entertainment, documentaries, education, comedy, music and everything that the people of Brighton and Hove expect from a quality TV station. We also look forward to working with the existing local independent producers in the city like BTV /Electric Sky and back2back productions. We have just covered Pride – see Brighton Lights 42 at - and we look forward to covering all the major events in Brighton and Hove’s calendar and making people across the UK and abroad know how amazing this city is. Not for nothing does a local column call it CelebCity.

Brighton and Hove has the biggest arts festival in England, a brand spanking new football stadium that is one of the best in the UK, top class businesses, world class universities and colleges, great radio stations and magazines and as everyone knows, it is one of the sexiest places on earth. Latest TV looks forward to showcasing the best of Brighton, Hove, Worthing and surrounding areas, and also to working with the BBC to provide up to the minute local news provision. With Wired Sussex, Latest TV will be a catalyst for growth in the crucial digital, creative and IT sector.

Phélim Mac Cafferty, Deputy Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “We are all absolutely delighted that Latest is the successful bidder for local television in Brighton and Hove. Latest has built strong and successful partnerships with many of the major organisations in the community including the council, the Albion, local radio and our city’s vibrant digital sector. We look forward to working with Latest in showcasing our diverse, creative and modern city to local people and beyond.”

Finally Latest TV would like to thank the past and present Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, Jeremy Hunt MP and Maria Miller MP, the DCMS and all at Ofcom for realising the importance of local democracy. We would also like to thank our 3 MPs, Caroline Lucas MP, Mike Weatherley MP and Simon Kirby MP, and Jason Kitcat, the leader of Brighton & Hove City Council for the city council’s support, plus Gill Mitchell, the leader of the Brighton & Hove Labour & Co-operative Party, and Lord Bassam of Brighton for their cross-party support.

If it is good enough for Benghazi it’s good enough for Brighton! 

Bill Smith, Director Latest TV  
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