Merseyside local TV launch draws closer

UPDATE
Liverpool's local TV service has announced that it is launching on Freeview and YouView channel 8 this December.

It's been confirmed that Bay TV Liverpool will launch on the 4th December, the earliest service commencement date that appeared on the licence Ofcom awarded the station last week. Although the service won its bid for the Liverpool TV licence in 2013, Ofcom had to formally grant a licence before Bay TV could start broadcasting regular programmes.

A barker/test can already been seen in the area on Freeview and YouView channel 8. The service is also set to launch on Virgin Media in Merseyside. A video on demand service providing the latest news and information for the area is already available online.

The TV service has committed to carrying 2 1/2 hours of news every day from launch. In addition, Bay TV Liverpool will broadcast 4 1/2 hours each week of local features covering genres including current affairs, politics, gardening and cycling.

Bay TV Liverpool is broadcast from the Winter Hill transmitter in Lancashire using a directional beam aimed at Merseyside (see image, click/touch to enlarge). Additional coverage comes via the Storeton transmitter on the Wirral. Reception reports have confirmed that Bay TV Liverpool can be received right across to the North Wales Coast in addition to its Merseyside core coverage area.

Viewers who retuned Freeview in September as part of wider changes to the terrestrial TV service should already see Bay TV's tests on channel 8. The service is also available on YouView boxes within the coverage area. The channel has also announced carriage on Virgin Media in Merseyside.

Bay TV is planning to launch another local TV service in the coming years centred around Mold in North East Wales from the Moel Y Parc transmitter, which will bring local TV coverage to those areas to the south west of Bay TV Liverpool's coverage area.

This is an update to the article first published on 29/10/2014.

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