BBC Secures Digital Terrestrial Television Extension

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LONDON – U.K. media watchdog Ofcom said Monday it has granted the BBC the license to operate its digital terrestrial television service for a further 12 years.

The public broadcaster's license to use the multiplex B was up for renewal as it was due to expire in November 2014.

The BBC's application to renew is granted without additional obligations including asking the broadcaster to make additional payements, in the form of a percentage of multiplex revenue.

Ofcom said it would not be asking the BBC such a scaled charge.

The government has also rubber stamped Ofcom's decision leaving the broadcaster to continue with its digital terrestrial television service through 2026.

 

A multiplex is a group of channels that are all broadcast on the same frequency.

The multiplex renewal covers the BBC's digital channels BBC Four, the home to the Steven Van Zandt mobster show Lilyhammer, kids pre-school channel CBeebies, BBC Parliament and it's "red button" services which allow U.K. viewers to access shows not being broadcast on its flagship channels.

It also covers the public broadcaster's extensive radio offerings including BBC 6 Music, one of the company's digital radio stations recently threatened with closure but kept on air after a storm of protests from listeners.

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