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That's Solent

That's Solent
Launched 26th November 2014 [1]
Owned by That's Solent Ltd
Audience share Local TV Macro Network:[1]
0.01% (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Country United Kingdom
Freeview Channel 8
Virgin Media Channel 159

That's Solent is a local television station on the south coast of England.


That's Solent is a local TV channel, that according to Ofcom (the UK telecoms regulator), broadcasts to Southampton including Eastleigh, Fareham and parts of the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Winchester. Ofcom granted a licence to That's Solent on 14 August 2014 with a commencement date of 26 November 2014 and the licence, subject to conditions, will remain in force until 25 November 2025.[2] [3]

The original plan was for That's Solent to be launched on 26 June 2014, however this was postponed until the 22 October 2014. The station finally went live on 26 November 2014.[1][2][4] That's Solent is part of the roll out of Local Freeview TV channels initiative that covers the United Kingdom.[5]


That's Solent Limited was licensed by the Ofcom in 2012 after a bidding process. That's Solent Ltd is owned by SIX TV Ltd, trading as That's TV, with the That's Media Ltd as the ultimate parent company. [6][7]

Broadcasting and reception

That's Solent is broadcast from the Rowridge transmitting station on the Isle of Wight and covers the area around the Solent and Southampton Water. The studios are based at Highbury College in Cosham.[8]


The channel is backed by Newsquest and Johnston Press, who own the Southern Daily Echo and Portsmouth's The News, who will provide the local news content for the new channel.[9][10]

See also


  1. ^ Audience data for Local TV channels across England, Wales & N. Ireland are measured and reported together, as "Local TV Macro Network".


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