YourTV, backed by former BBC Trust member Sir Michael Lyons, fought off competition from four other competitors for the licence. The station will broadcast across Greater Manchester from the Winter Hill transmitter, and is expected to launch within the next 12 months, possibly by October 2013.
YourTV Manchester will broadcast on Freeview channel 8. Manchester has been without a local station since the demise of GMG's Channel M.
Losing applicants - Manchester:
Made in Manchester
Manchester News Channel
Metro 8 Manchester
YourTV Manchester Chairman David McKeith said: "I am so pleased that we have the opportunity to put into action the aims and ambitions of our broadcast team. They have worked incredibly hard to gauge the feelings of the local communities that make up the city and have explored how their hopes and aspirations can be reflected on screen.
|Indicative schedule for YourTV Manchester: click to enlarge|
YourTV Chairman Sir Michael Lyons responded: "We are delighted that Ofcom has endorsed our proposal and approach to local television in this vibrant city. With many other local TV licences still to be decided upon soon, including several other YourTV applications, this is an exciting time for viewers and broadcasters alike and one which we are confident YourTV can play a great part in."
According to Ofcom coverage notes, the new local TV multiplex carrying YourTV looks set to offer better coverage of the Manchester area compared to Channel M's former service.
|Manchester Local TV coverage (c) Ofcom|
Local TV licences for Leeds, Liverpool and Preston are still to be awarded as part of the first stage of local TV licence awards.