Tyne & Wear TV

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Tyne & Wear TV
Launched12 November 2014
Owned byLocal Television Limited
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaTyne and Wear
HeadquartersUniversity of Sunderland
Formerly calledMade in Tyne & Wear
Sister channel(s)Birmingham TV
Bristol TV
Cardiff TV
Leeds TV
Liverpool TV
North Wales TV
Teesside TV
Availability
Terrestrial
FreeviewChannel 7
Satellite
SkyChannel 117
Cable
Virgin MediaChannel 159

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Made in Tyne and Wear awarded TV licence, Press Gazette, 6 December 2012
  2. ^ Made in Tyne & Wear viewing figures revealed, Made in Tyne & Wear, 4 February 2015
  3. ^ Made in Tyne and Wear to move up on Freeview, Made in Tyne and Wear, 4 April 2016
  4. ^ Made Television reveals all-new summer line up, Made Television, 25 May 2017
  5. ^ TruTV on Made, Made Television, 25 May 2017
  6. ^ Jobs to be axed at Made in Birmingham TV station, Birmingham Post, 26 October 2017
  7. ^ Made TV splits Sky and Freeview local TV feeds, a516digital.com, 4 January 2018
  8. ^ OFCOM allows six local TV stations to cut back on local programming, news and current affairs, Press Gazette, 8 October 2015
  9. ^ Made TV splits Sky and Freeview local TV feeds, a516digital.com, 4 January 2018

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