Brighton hit the headlines this week when Latest TV won the licence for terrestrial TV in Brighton and Hove.
Said Bill Smith, MD of The Latest Group: “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 intend to deliver 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.
“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.”
Continued Bill Smith: “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 three 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.”