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Local TV reaches Leeds

  • Available now on terrestrial and cable services; satellite service launching later this month

Made in Leeds has become the latest local TV station to launch on Freeview and YouView channel 8 for viewers receiving their signal in West Yorkshire from the Emley Moor and Beecroft Hill transmitters.

At 8pm, Made in Leeds became Made Television's third local TV station to go on air, following successful launches in Bristol and Cardiff last month. Next week, Made in Tyne and Wear hits the airwaves. Initial reaction on social media to the new channel for Leeds has been broadly positive.

As part of Made in Leeds licence requirements, the channel will provide viewers in Leeds and beyond 38.5 hours of local programming per week during its first year on air, with 2x 30 minute news bulletins on weekdays.
Freeview and YouView reception
Viewers in the coverage area (shown below), who had to retune Freeview back in September when the news and children's channels changed numbers should already have Made in Leeds on channel 8 on their Freeview or YouView channel list. If you're still seeing BBC News on channel 80, you'll need to retune Freeview. As shown by the map, the signal overlaps into parts of North Yorkshire.

Freeview/YouView coverage (c) Ofcom - click/touch to enlarge
For viewers who are manually tuning in their Freeview box and need the UHF channel number, Made in Leeds is on UHF channel 56, broadcasting its signal alongside POP and QVC Extra. Assistance for viewers who need to manually retune Freeview is available from Digital UK.

Cable and satellite
The local TV channel is also available on Virgin channel 159 in West Yorkshire.

Sky viewers will need to wait until 24th November, when the service will appear on channel 117. It will be available free-to-view in West Yorkshire regardless of the Sky channel package that viewers have subscribed to.

In line with other local TV stations, there's been no indication of availability on Freesat.


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