Leeds TV

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Leeds TV
Launched6 November 2014
Owned byLocal Television Limited
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaLeeds
HeadquartersLeeds Media & Broadcasting Centre, Chapeltown, Leeds
Formerly calledMade in Leeds
Sister channel(s)Birmingham TV
Bristol TV
Cardiff TV
Liverpool TV
North Wales TV
Teesside TV
Tyne & Wear TV
Website[1]
Availability
Terrestrial
FreeviewChannel 7
Satellite
SkyChannel 117
Cable
Virgin MediaChannel 159

Leeds TV (formerly Made in Leeds) is a local television station serving Leeds and West Yorkshire. 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 Chapeltown area of Leeds.

Overview[edit]

In February 2013, the broadcast regulator OFCOM announced Made Television had been awarded a licence to broadcast the local TV service for Leeds and West Yorkshire, serving a potential audience of 3.5 million viewers - the largest footprint in the Made TV network.[1]

In May 2012, media regulator Ofcom extended the invitation for local operators in cities across the United Kingdom to operate a new local television service in their area.[2][3] There were four other bids for the licence - Leeds TV (a group including Leeds United), Metro8 Leeds, 'NORTH' and YourTV Leeds.[4]

The channel began broadcasting on Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media platforms on Thursday 6 November 2014, following the launches of Made TV's Bristol and Cardiff stations the previous month. After three months on air, Made in Leeds claimed a weekly audience of around 431,000 viewers.[5] In March 2016 the station claimed a monthly audience of 715,000 viewers.[6]

Since August 2015, the station has also been streaming live online via its website. On 5 April 2016, Made in Leeds moved from Freeview channel 8 to Freeview channel 7.[6]

On Thursday 25 May 2017, Made in Leeds 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).[7][8] As of November 2017, the Made network simulcasts CBS Reality for eleven hours a day.

On 2 January 2018, Made in Leeds 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 Leeds.[9]

Programming[edit]

Leeds TV is required to broadcast 37 hours a week of first-run local programming.[10]

As of February 2018, the station's sole local programme is Yorkshire 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.[11]

Other local programmes include sports magazine shows Sportsline Leeds and Leeds Rhinos TV and documentary series Streets of Leeds. Programmes produced by the other Local TV Ltd 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.

Awards[edit]

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2016 Royal Television Society Awards Best News Report On The Aire Won
2016 Royal Television Society Awards One To Watch Mark O'Brien Won
2016 Royal Television Society Awards Best Reporter Mark Kielesz-Levine Nominated
2016 Royal Television Society Awards Best Reporter Matt Millington Nominated
2016 O2 Media Awards Best Team Made in Leeds Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ofcom awards Leeds local TV licence". Ofcom. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  2. ^ Ofcom. "Licensing Local Television – Statement". Ofcom. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  3. ^ O'Brien, Mark (14 May 2013). "Made in Leeds: the next milestone for broadcasting from the North". Guardian Northerner. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  4. ^ Robinson, Paul (15 February 2013). "Leeds United lose out in race to run local TV channel". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Made in Leeds viewing figures revealed". Made in Leeds. 4 February 2015. Archived from the original on 2 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Made in Leeds to move up on Freeview". Made in Leeds. 29 March 2016. Archived from the original on 4 October 2016.
  7. ^ Made Television reveals all-new summer line up, Made Television, 25 May 2017
  8. ^ TruTV on Made, Made Television, 25 May 2017
  9. ^ Made TV splits Sky and Freeview local TV feeds, a516digital.com, 4 January 2018
  10. ^ OFCOM allows six local TV stations to cut back on local programming, news and current affairs, Press Gazette, 8 October 2015
  11. ^ Made TV splits Sky and Freeview local TV feeds, a516digital.com, 4 January 2018

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