Liverpool TV

Coordinates: 53°23′37.8″N 2°58′10.7″W / 53.393833°N 2.969639°W / 53.393833; -2.969639

Liverpool TV
Launched 4 December 2014
Owned by Local Television Limited
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Audience share Local TV Macro Network:[Note 1]
0.01% (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Country United Kingdom
Broadcast area Liverpool City Region
Headquarters Toxteth TV, Toxteth, Liverpool
Sister channel(s) Birmingham TV
Bristol TV
Cardiff TV
Leeds TV
North Wales TV
Teesside TV
Tyne & Wear TV
Website
Availability
Terrestrial
Freeview Channel 7
Satellite
Sky Channel 117
Cable
Virgin Media Channel 159

Liverpool TV (formerly Made in Liverpool) is a local television station serving Liverpool City Region and surrounding areas. The station is owned and operated by Local Television Limited and forms part of a group of eight local TV stations. It broadcasts from studios and offices in the Toxteth suburb of Liverpool.

Overview

Bay TV Liverpool was launched in November 2011 as a video-on-demand service producing local content, winning Best Media Website at the 2013 Prolific North Awards.[1]

On 21 February 2013, Bay TV was awarded a local TV licence by Ofcom to broadcast a linear television channel in the Liverpool City Region area including Wigan and parts of Cheshire.[2][3] Under the initial proposals, the channel aimed to air ten hours of local programming each day, including two and a half hours of news on weekdays, and a weekly political programme. The channel began broadcasting on Freeview channel 8 on Thursday 4 December 2014 at 5.30pm, later moving to channel 7 following the closure of BBC Three.

On 23 August 2016 it was announced that Bay TV Liverpool had entered administration.[4] The station owed a total of £451,575, with a debt to Revenue and Customs outstanding at £145,187, individual shareholder loans debts to the value of £133,800, and other “trade and expense creditors” to the sum of £152,488.[5] A week later, Made Television announced it had bought out the station for an undisclosed sum - the group was one of four bidders who lost the original licence award to Bay TV.[6]

Bay TV ceased broadcasting at 11pm on Sunday 9 October 2016 and reopened and relaunched as Made in Liverpool at 6pm on Wednesday 19 October 2016.[7] The station began broadcasting on Sky and digital satellite platforms in January 2017.

As of April 2017, the Liverpool station also produces local news programming for sister station Made in North Wales, serving Mold, Denbigh, Ruthin and surrounding areas.

On Thursday 25 May 2017, Made in Liverpool and its sister channels began carrying acquired programming from the UK & Ireland version of factual entertainment channel TruTV as part of a supply agreement with Sony Pictures Television. The station simulcasts TruTV in two daily blocks from 1-5pm and from 9pm-1am (8pm - midnight on Tuesdays to accommodate America's Got Talent).[8][9] As of November 2017, the Made network simulcasts CBS Reality for eleven hours a day.

In November 2017, following a restructuring of the Made network's operations[10], local output was cut with studio production of daily news and magazine programmes was transferred to other Made TV stations. The station's bespoke local news programme was also axed.

On 2 January 2018, Made in Liverpool ceased broadcasting on digital satellite and was replaced by a generic Made Television networked feed featuring a daily three-hour block of local news programming for six of the network's licence areas, including Liverpool.[11]

Programming

Liverpool TV is required to broadcast 35 hours a week of first-run local programming.[12][13]

As of February 2018, the station's main local programme is Merseyside Live, a rolling four-hour block of pre-recorded local news, sport and features airing each weeknight from 5-9pm. A half-hour block also airs on the generic Made Television networked feed on digital satellite each weekday evening at 7pm.[14]

Other local programmes produced by the channel include The Everton Show. Programmes produced by the other Made TV stations also air on the channel along with acquired programming from independent producers and other broadcasters around the UK, including the thrice-daily programming blocks from CBS Reality - airing from 9-11am, 1-5pm and 9pm-2am.

See also

References

Notes
  1. Audience data for Local TV channels across England, Wales & N. Ireland are measured and reported together, as "Local TV Macro Network".
Sources
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