Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that local television could be a “glue that holds the community together” as he discussed plans for new channels.
Mr Hunt last month earmarked 65 towns and cities as possible locations for the new services, nine of them in Scotland – including Edinburgh.
Speaking at a summit in Glasgow today, Mr Hunt said the idea had much to offer.
He said: “I’m a localist. I think that the UK is far too centralised and would solve far more of its problems if we harnessed the ideas of people in their own communities and gave them more power.”