West Mids TV nominations revealed

Locations in the West Midlands are among the 65 towns and cities chosen by culture secretary Jeremy Hunt as potential bases for local TV stations.

The West Midlands nominations include: Birmingham (includes the Greater Birmingham area, part of Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley), Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Malvern, Shrewsbury, Stoke on Trent (includes Newcastle under Lyme), Stratford upon Avon, Hereford and Telford.

The locations – picked because they have appropriate transmitter coverage – will be pared down to about 20 by the end of the year after a selection process in which they make a case for being granted a licence to Ofcom.

Hunt said: “We need to decide which areas are best placed to pioneer the new service.

“These new, local TV services will be a fundamental change in how people get information about their own communities, and how they hold their representatives to account.

“I want people to be able to watch television that’s truly relevant to them, about what’s happening where they live and featuring the people they know.”