Richard Horwood, the Channel 6 chief executive, said that his plan involves more that 60% of the new local TV network's budget being spent on original production, with the "bulk" coming from the independent production sector.
He claimed that the new network would have a programme budget bigger than Channel 5 and spend roughly the same amount per viewer as BBC Two.
Earlier in the month, Channel 6 confirmed that it will bid to become the national "backbone" for local TV under culture secretary Jeremy Hunt's plan to bring local services to "10 to 12" major British cities.
Bidders have been invited by Hunt to submit proposals for providing the UK-wide channel on digital terrestrial television (Freeview) to act as a "spine" for local services. The channel would have a national schedule of programming, but enable local operators to "opt out" in certain areas to deliver local shows and adverts.
Horwood said that the key to making local TV attractive to viewers and advertisers is with programming of a similar quality to the public service broadcaster channels.
"Britain's independent production companies are world-beaters, and we are looking to them to provide brand new features, drama, and other concepts to inform, empower and entertain our viewers," said Horwood.
"We're working with some of the country's top talent to develop exciting new programme ideas, which I'm afraid we have to keep close to our chest until the formal bids are in, probably early next year. What I can say is that from launch we will have a bigger programme budget than Channel 5 and we will be spending roughly the same amount per viewer as BBC Two."
Horwood added: "Over 60% of our programme budget is for original production, and of this we expect the bulk to be commissioned from independent producers.
"Channel 6 won't be yet another mishmash of old US series and programmes you saw last week on our sister channel. On the contrary, Channel 6 will deliver the biggest boost to the UK's independent production sector since the launch of Channel 4 a generation ago. And because of our local focus, one of the main beneficiaries will be creative talent in the regions and nations."
John McVay, chief executive of independent production trade body Pact, welcomed Horwood's positive stance on the indie sector, especially at the current time of economic hardship.
"Pact welcomes any new channel in the UK that is prepared to invest significant new funds into original UK programmes," said McVay.
"Channel 6 could offer new sources of commissioning for hard pressed indies in the regions and we look forward to working with Channel 6 as they develop their plans."
Under the Channel 6 plans, the national network would launch with around nine local affiliates on Freeview, Virgin Media and satellite in 2013. The number of affiliates would build to 39 by 2017.