|Owned by||Estuary TV CIC Ltd|
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
|Broadcast area||North & North East Lincolnshire|
|Headquarters||Grimsby Institute, Nuns Corner, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire|
|Formerly called||Channel 7 (1998–2013)|
|Sister channel(s)||Yorkshire Coast TV|
|Virgin Media||Channel 879|
Channel 7 was originally set up in Immingham's Immage 2000 Studios in 1996 by Mark Fenty, John Trevitt and Ian Hargreaves with other Directors coming and going for the local community to showcase their talent and for information about local area and its events. The studios were officially opened in 1997 by Lord Puttnam.
The channel was purchased by the Grimsby Institute in 2001 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the further and higher education college.
Channel 7 officially launched in January 1998 and is situated at the Grimsby Institute's main campus at Nuns' Corner. Prior to that it was situated at the Immingham Resource Centre, in the south part of Immingham, opposite Eastfield Junior and Infants school. During its time at Immingham Channel 7 was innovative in its programming utilising talents such as Chris McRae, Stuart Hall, Rob Dabb and many others, new to TV yet excited and motivated they produced hours of television a lot of it totally live with interaction with the public. It became a must watch channel for local people with NTL. Driven by John Trevitt his enthusiasm and efforts made it something to be proud of. Local people learned how to present and as time went on others joined the Studio as receptionists, later to become presenters and news readers, every one at Immage 2000 was encouraged to get involved from indeed the receptionist to the Sound engineer to the cleaner.
On 12 September 2012, Ofcom announced that Channel 7 had been awarded the licence to operate a local TV channel for the Grimsby area. The channel rebranded as Estuary TV and began broadcasting on Freeview from the Belmont transmitting station on 26 November 2013. It was originally proposed that the channel would be renamed Lincolnshire Living.
Featured Programmes on Estuary TV are:
- Lincolnshire Living
- Fit Family Food
- Street Beat
- Lingard's Lincolnshire Rambles
- Ernie's Pitstop
- On the Bench
- That Friday Show
- Hot Topic
- The Moore show
Other programmes that have appeared on Estuary TV include:
- Start the Day with Chris McRae
- Lets Go Fishing
- Scene on Seven
- The Market Place
- Joe Frater's Professional Boxing
- Paul's Watercolour World
- Artist Tea
- Fast Slug
- In Focus
- Lincolnshire Hotpot
- Young, Gifted and Green
- Faces and Places
- Nunny TV
Many celebrities have presented programmes on Estuary TV. Most notably:
- Chris McRae
- Julie Peasgood (Brookside, Emmerdale)
- Keeley Donovan (BBC Look North weather presenter who trained at Channel 7)
- Gary Williams (celebrated swing singer)
- Leanne Brown (BBC Look North)
Other presenters on Estuary TV include:
- Chris McRae (the first face seen on Seven - Soundbite - and a regular presenter) joined before airing and instrumental in programming.
- Emma Lingard
- Hugh Riches
- Emma Turner
- Martin Samuels
- Helen Barley
- Jack Surfleet
- Pete Marshall
Past presenters include:
- Stuart Allen
- Rob Dabb
- Michelle Portess
References and notes
- "What is Channel Seven?". Grimsby Institute. Retrieved 2013-11-03.[dead link]
- "List of L-DTPS Licence Awards". Ofcom. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
- "Sir David Puttnam opens Immage Studios". Borderlines Film Festival.
- "Ofcom awards first local TV licences". Ofcom. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2013-02-19.
- Brown, Maggie (2013-09-04). "Local TV steps up activity ahead of launch". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
- "Ofcom awards Cambridge and Scarborough local TV licences". Ofcom. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-11-03.