Liverpool TV

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

Liverpool TV
Launched4 December 2014
Owned byLocal Television Limited
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaLiverpool City Region
HeadquartersToxteth TV, Toxteth, Liverpool
Formerly calledMade in Liverpool
Sister channel(s)Birmingham TV
Bristol TV
Cardiff TV
Leeds TV
North Wales TV
Teesside TV
Tyne & Wear TV
Website[1]
Availability
Terrestrial
FreeviewChannel 7
Satellite
SkyChannel 117
Cable
Virgin MediaChannel 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[edit]

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[edit]

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

As of February 2018, the station's sole 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]

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.

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References[edit]

Notes
Sources
  1. ^ "The Prolific North Awards 2013 The Winners".
  2. ^ "Ofcom awards Liverpool local TV licence". Ofcom. 2013-02-21. Archived from the original on 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2013-02-21.
  3. ^ "Bay TV Liverpool awarded local digital television licence". Bay TV Liverpool. 21 February 2013. Archived from the original on 25 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Liverpool's Bay TV enters administration".
  5. ^ "Liverpool 's Bay TV seeks deal with creditor over debts of £450,000".
  6. ^ "Liverpool's Bay TV set to be bought days after going into administration".
  7. ^ Liverpool local TV service prepares for re-launch, a516digital.com, 3 October 2016
  8. ^ Made Television reveals all-new summer line up, Made Television, 25 May 2017
  9. ^ TruTV on Made, Made Television, 25 May 2017
  10. ^ Jobs to be axed at Made in Birmingham TV station, Birmingham Post, 26 October 2017
  11. ^ Made TV splits Sky and Freeview local TV feeds, a516digital.com, 4 January 2018
  12. ^ Ofcom allows five local TV stations to cut local programming commitments, Press Gazette, 13 April 2016
  13. ^ Ofcom eases local TV programme commitments on two stations, a516digital, 20 April 2017
  14. ^ Made TV splits Sky and Freeview local TV feeds, a516digital.com, 4 January 2018

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