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Leeds United await decision on bid for TV station licence

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Leeds United must play a waiting game before learning the fate of their bid to launch a local television channel.

United are among five parties competing for a licence that will let the holder broadcast programmes in the Leeds area.

A decision was expected from media regulator Ofcom on the successful bidder by the end of 2012.

Now, however, Ofcom has confirmed a date has still to be set for the announcement of the Leeds licence winner.

A spokeswoman for the regulator could only say it was hoped decisions on all 21 local licences being awarded nationwide would be made before the end of February.

Should United’s bid be successful, their channel would be called Leeds TV.

The other bidders are:

* Made in Leeds, based at the Leeds Media Centre in Chapeltown;

* Metro8 Leeds, which has links with an independent Canadian broadcaster;

* NORTH, which would broadcast material 24 hours a day;

* YourTV Leeds, which says it would be in a position to begin broadcasting by October this year if it is chosen.

The winning station will be able to broadcast digitally, although there will be an option to offer services on satellite and cable.

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