Rehman Chishti – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Culture Media and Sport

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Rehman Chishti on 2014-06-12.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many local digital service licences have been awarded in Kent and Medway.

Mr Edward Vaizey

The independent regulator Ofcom, is responsible for allocating commercial TV and radio licences. Ofcom has received two applications to operate a local TV service in the Maidstone area on the digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform and anticipates making a decision about the award of this licence in the summer.

The licence to operate the DAB radio multiplex covering Kent was awarded in 2003. The Kent DAB multiplex currently carries the following stations: BBC Radio Kent, Capital, Heart Kent, Kmfm, Smooth Kent, Xfm and Pop Up radio.