Liverpool local TV service prepares for re-launch
UPDATED | Liverpool's local channel Bay TV Liverpool is to go off-air ahead of a relaunch under new owners.
The channel fell into administration during the summer after incurring significant debts, but was bought out by Made TV, who already operate a number of successful local TV services serving Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds and Newcastle upon Tyne.
From Sunday 9th October, regular programmes on the channel are scheduled to come to an end, to be replaced by a barker for the new service, Made in Liverpool, which will be available on Freeview channel 7 and Virgin Media channel 159 for viewers in the Merseyside area from 19th October, several days later than originally announced. There are plans for the revamped local channel to launch on Sky, alongside other Made TV channels, although a timeframe hasn't been announced in public.
Meanwhile, York's yet-to-launch local TV service, formerly known as The York Channel and Hello York is now under the control of That's TV, bringing its tally of local TV licences to 10.
In a statement issued by Ofcom in July, the regulator indicated it expected the local channel for York to go on air by November 2016, following delays caused by finding a suitable site for the Freeview transmitter. Originally planned to broadcast to York from the mast above Bilsdale in the North York Moors, the transmitter site was changed to Askham Bryan, to the south-west of the City and again to nearby Bilbrough, due to access issues at Askham Bryan.
The changes will enable all Freeview households in York who receive ITV Yorkshire (rather than ITV Tyne Tees) to receive the channel on Freeview channel 7 whenever it does launch.