Channel Five unable to HD service on Freeview until 2012

Five will not be able to launch its HD channel before 2012 as the broadcaster could not 'key criteria' to keep its slot.

The media regulator Ofcom said that it would not be reserving an HD slot for Channel 5 on Freeview because it neither it could fulfill its commitment to a schedule nor it could confirm a launch date for a HD channel.

However, Channel Five said that it would apply again next year.

Commenting on the issue, a spokesperson for the broadcaster said, “We remain committed to launching a HD version of Five and intend to apply for the fifth HD stream when Ofcom advertises it next year.”

Channel 4 and S4C had also bid for the HD slot, but they couls not convince Ofcom with their plan.

Freeview, the digital terrestrial service, brings digital TV on the main set to more than 10 million British homes.