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LOCAL TV Liverpool
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Broadcast areaLiverpool City Region
HeadquartersToxteth TV, Toxteth, Liverpool
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
OwnerLocal Television Limited
Sister channelsBirmingham TV
Bristol TV
Cardiff TV
Leeds TV
North Wales TV
Teesside TV
Tyne & Wear TV
Manchester TV
Launched4 December 2014
Former namesMade in Liverpool, Liverpool TV
FreeviewChannel 7
Virgin MediaChannel 159
SkyChannel 117

LOCAL TV Liverpool (formerly Liverpool TV and 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 nine LOCAL TV stations (eight licensed as local stations with Manchester TV on a standard regional licence). It broadcasts from studios and offices in the Toxteth suburb of Liverpool.


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]

In 2021, the station was rebranded from Liverpool TV to LOCAL TV Liverpool, with the intention that the station will become part of the 'Northern TV Network'.[12] This is media executive and newspaper owner David Montgomery (National World's Executive Chairman)[13] plan to link up LOCAL TV Liverpool with the new Freeview channel 99 Manchester service[14] and stations in Newcastle and Leeds. It is planned that 'Northern TV Network' will have segments from 6am to 9am, 1pm to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm for local news, but it is unknown if these slots will take a more regional view (similar to Granada Reports or Calendar) or keep these slots for news from each city.


Liverpool TV is required to broadcast 35 hours a week of first-run local programming.[15][16]

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.[17]

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


  1. ^ "The Prolific North Awards 2013 The Winners". 17 May 2013.
  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". 23 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Liverpool 's Bay TV seeks deal with creditor over debts of £450,000". 15 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Liverpool's Bay TV set to be bought days after going into administration". 31 August 2016.
  7. ^ Liverpool local TV service prepares for re-launch,, 3 October 2016
  8. ^ Made Television reveals all-new summer line up Archived 2017-09-01 at the Wayback Machine, Made Television, 25 May 2017
  9. ^ TruTV on Made Archived 2017-09-01 at the Wayback Machine, 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,, 4 January 2018
  12. ^ "JPIMedia chairman launches new Manchester TV channel - Journalism News from HoldtheFrontPage".
  13. ^
  14. ^ "David Montgomery's local TV network to launch Manchester channel". February 2021.
  15. ^ Ofcom allows five local TV stations to cut local programming commitments, Press Gazette, 13 April 2016
  16. ^ Ofcom eases local TV programme commitments on two stations, a516digital, 20 April 2017
  17. ^ Made TV splits Sky and Freeview local TV feeds,, 4 January 2018

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