|Owned by||Channel 7 Television
(Immage 2000 Studios)
Estuary TV CIC Ltd
(Grimsby Institute Group)
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
|Audience share||Local TV Macro Network:[Note 1]
0.01% (September 2015 , BARB)
|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 159|
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
- On the Bench
- Hot Topic
- The Moore Show
- On The Bench Extra
- Our Estuary
Other programmes that have appeared on Estuary TV include:
- The Cool Beans Television Show
- 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
- Scunthorpe Steal
- Ernie's Pitstop
- Unsigned Transmissions
- That Friday Show
Many celebrities have presented programmes on Estuary TV. Most notably:
- 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)
Current presenters on Estuary TV include:
- Hugh Riches
- Luke Adams
- Richard Morris
- Dan Kemp
- Erica Barker
- Emma Lingard
- Martin Samuels
- Stephen West
- Helen Barley
- Dave Nunn
- Tom Reid
- Tom Hardy
- Rob Underwood
- Rachel Chadwick
Past presenters include:
- Stuart Allen
- Rob Dabb
- Michelle Portess
- Chris McRae (the first face seen on Seven – Soundbite – and a regular presenter) joined before airing and instrumental in programming.
- Emma Turner
- Pete Marshall
- Jack Surfleet
- James Dunn
- Glyn Spate (co-presenter of In Focus)
- Rosemarie Bruin (co-presenter of In Focus)
References and notes
- Audience data for Local TV channels across England, Wales & N. Ireland are measured and reported together, as "Local TV Macro Network".
- "What is Channel Seven?". Grimsby Institute. Archived from the original on 2 January 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
- "List of L-DTPS Licence Awards". Ofcom. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
- "Sir David Puttnam opens Immage Studios". Borderlines Film Festival. Archived from the original on 19 August 2006.
- "Ofcom awards first local TV licences". Ofcom. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- Brown, Maggie (4 September 2013). "Local TV steps up activity ahead of launch". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- "Ofcom awards Cambridge and Scarborough local TV licences". Ofcom. 31 October 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.