Television channels you get without a cable or satellite TV subscription. So named because even those poor enough to live in council (local authority) housing are able to view it.
My Sky box has died - let's see what's on the council telly tonight.
Any non-satelite, non cable TV station that is free-to-air.
"Have you seen the latest episode of the exciting TV serial Lost"
"no, I'll have to wait until it comes on the council telly"