Nine areas of the West Midlands have been chosen as potential locations to launch local TV services, the Government has announced.
Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Hereford, Kidderminster, Malvern, Shrewsbury, Stoke-on-Trent, Stratford-upon-Avon and Telford were among 65 locations chosen nationally in the running to launch the services.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the areas have been chosen because they have the appropriate transmitter coverage.
They will be whittled down to about 20 by the end of the year.
Each of the areas will now be asked to make the case for why their town should be among those awarded a licence by Ofcom, with the first wave due next year.
The Government is also canvassing opinion from potential operators about which locations are likely to make the scheme a success.
Mr Hunt said: “We need to decide which areas are best placed to pioneer the new service.
“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.
“I want people to be able to watch television that’s truly relevant to them, about what’s happening where they live and featuring the people they know.”
Mr Hunt will host a series of events in major cities around the country to discuss issues and explain how local TV could benefit communities.