... with residents of three of the UK's biggest UK cities – Bradford, Leicester and Coventry – excluded from local TV coverage.
Likewise other sizeable towns including Hull, Wolverhampton and Portsmouth will lose out. Smaller towns including Derby, Peterborough, Canterbury, Worcester, Durham, Chester and Exeter will also be ineligible.
Jeremy Hunt, secretary at the the government's risibly titled Department for Culture, Media and Sport, has published a map of the sixty-five provisionally selected locations and has invited each to make a case as to why their town or city should be one of the first to bid for a local TV licences.
Hunt intends to hold meetings to discuss the issues and benefits of local TV in six cities.
"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," said the DMS secretary. "There's a huge appetite for local news and information in communities the length and breadth of the country. We need to decide which areas are best placed to pioneer the new service."
Others, however, see the move as a further nail in the coffin of local newspapers and a threat to the viability of local commercial radio.
Up to £25m in local TV infrastructure costs will be met from the BBC licence fee, with a further £5m of licence fee money spent annually for three years on local content. None of the published statements to date make reference to advertising and whether or not it will be permitted.
Electronic programme guide providers such as Freeview, BSkyB and Virgin Media will be required to give "appropriate prominence" to licensed local digital TV services, enforced through Ofcom statutory code -- a measure that will require secondary legislation.