The owners of the Sikh Channel, who joined up with four other parties to form a consortium, have failed in an attempt to bid for the Birmingham digital TV licence.

Their ‘Bham TV’ consortium was outbid by City TV, which is led by Alan Grindley.

Ofcom had invited companies and organisations to apply for the Local-Digitial Television Programme Service licences in 21 cities across the UK. The channels including City TV will go live next year.

City TV will focus primarily on what is happening in Birmingham with its offering of news and current affairs, traffic, weather, local sport and entertainment programming.

Beside Bham TV and City TV, YourTV, backed by broadcasting veterans Gary Newbon and Mike Owen, was also in the race fighting for the licence.