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Tyne & Wear TV

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tyne & Wear TV
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaTyne and Wear
HeadquartersUniversity of Sunderland
Programming
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
Ownership
OwnerLocal Television Limited
Sister channelsBirmingham TV
Bristol TV
Cardiff TV
Leeds TV
Liverpool TV
North Wales TV
Teesside TV
History
Launched12 November 2014
Former namesMade in Tyne & Wear
Availability
Terrestrial
FreeviewChannel 7
Cable
Virgin MediaChannel 159
Satellite
SkyChannel 117

Tyne & Wear TV (formerly Made in Tyne & Wear) is a local television station serving Tyne & Wear and parts of Northumberland and County Durham. The station is owned and operated by Local Television Limited and forms part of a group of eight local TV stations. Its local offices are based at the David Puttnam Media Centre in the St. Peter's campus at the University of Sunderland.

History

In December 2012, the broadcast regulator OFCOM announced Made Television had been awarded a licence to broadcast the local TV service for the Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland areas, serving a potential audience of 900,000 viewers in an area stretching from Alnwick in the north to Bishop Auckland in the south.[1] There were three other bids for the licence - Neon TV, Metro8 Newcastle and YourTV Newcastle.

The channel began broadcasting on Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media platforms on Wednesday 12 November 2014, completing the roll out of the four Made TV stations, following launches in Bristol, Cardiff and Leeds. After three months on air, Made in Tyne & Wear claimed a weekly audience of around 197,000 viewers.[2]

Since August 2015, the station has also been streaming live online via its website. On 5 April 2016, Made in Tyne and Wear moved from Freeview channel 8 to Freeview channel 7.[3]

As of March 2017, the Tyne and Wear station also produces local programming for sister station Made in Teesside, serving Middlesbrough and surrounding areas.

On Thursday 25 May 2017, Made in Tyne & Wear 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).[4][5] 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,[6] local output was cut and 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 Tyne & Wear 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 Tyne & Wear.[7]

Programming

Made in Tyne & Wear is based at the St. Peter's Campus at the University of Sunderland
Made in Tyne & Wear is based at the St. Peter's Campus at the University of Sunderland

Tyne & Wear TV is required to broadcast 37 hours a week of first-run programming.[8]

As of February 2018, the station's sole local programme is North East 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 7.30pm.[9]

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.

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2017 Diversity in Media Awards Broadcaster of the Year Made in Tyne & Wear Nominated

References

External links

This page was last edited on 27 September 2020, at 22:11
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