Leeds United chairman Ken Bates plans to take over Leeds city TV

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates
Leeds United chairman Ken Bates

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates will find out next month if his bid for control of community TV in Leeds has been successful.

Leeds TV Ltd - part of a group of companies including Yorkshire Radio, Leeds United TV and parent company Leeds City Holdings - is among five bidders for a licence to run community TV in the Leeds area.

In May this year Ofcom invited bidders to submit applications for licences to run local TV services in 21 cities and towns, including Leeds, Belfast, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Ofcom has already awarded the first licences to run local TV services to bidders in regions including Brighton and Grimsby, with the final round of awards in December set to cover Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Preston.

In Leeds TV’s application, published online by Ofcom here the bidders say they initially plan to cover the Metropolitan area of Leeds, including Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Bradford, Burnley, Barnsley, Wakefield, Castleford, Pontefract and Selby.

It is not known how Dubai-based investment bank GFH Capital’s acquisition of Leeds United will affect the application. The club announced today the takeover will be completed on December 21, with Ken Bates remaining as chairman until the end of the season before taking up the role of club president.

The five bidders for the Leeds area are:

Leeds TV

Made in Leeds

Metro8 Leeds


YourTV Leeds