Local TV returns to Northern Ireland

Local TV returns to Northern Ireland today when at 6pm, NVTV takes to the airwaves of the Greater Belfast area after an absence of nearly two years.

The channel was one of the few that broadcast in analogue prior to digital switchover. As BBC Northern Ireland and UTV marked the analogue switch-off with Eamonn Holmes presenting a special simulcast show, NVTV quietly slipped off air.

Now, having been awarded one of Ofcom's new local TV licences allowing services to launch on Freeview, NVTV is back - this time with a prominent channel number - Freeview channel 8 - and improved coverage: this time broadcasting across the whole of Belfast and slightly beyond via the main Divis television transmitter.

NVTV's coverage area on Freeview from the Divis transmitter
Test transmissions have been on-air for around a month, with Belfast viewers who retuned Freeview on 3rd September, as part of wider changes to the Freeview service, seeing the service pop up on channel 8.  Virgin Media customers in the Belfast area will also be able to watch the channel via channel 159.

The community TV channel says it will "provide local news, current affairs, a wide range of creative, educational, entertaining programming and widen the community’s involvement in broadcasting by encouraging active citizenship in making programming, inclusive of all under-represented communities."  The operating company Northern Visions is a non-profit distributing company limited by guarantee.

Find out more: http://www.nvtv.co.uk/ 
Local TV coverage checker: http://www.localtv.org.uk/can-i-get-it/ 



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