The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland has awarded local television company City Channel a licence for a new service in the south. This is subject to final contract negotiations.

Channel South will start broadcasting in November and will be available to homes in Cork city and county, Limerick city and county and parts of Kerry, Waterford, Clare and south Tipperary.

The company says the channel will operate 24 hours a day and will have a range of locally-focused programming, including hourly regional news, weather and sport

Liberty Ventures, a subsidiary of cable company Liberty Global, owns 35% of City Channel, with the rest owned by David Harvey and a group of private investors.