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Next chapter begins for Liverpool local channel

The next chapter in Liverpool's local TV history has begun with the launch of Made in Liverpool, a new service built from the ashes of the old Bay TV channel, which ran into financial difficulties earlier this year.

Launching a week later than had been originally indicated, the new channel taps into the growing resources of the Made TV network, which operates local services in a number of locations across England and Wales.

Liverpool Tonight will provide a full round-up of local news from 6pm, followed by The Lowdown Liverpool, the channel's own version of the daily culture and entertainment strand on the Made TV schedule. A selection of local programming and acquired content from Channel 4 fills the rest of the prime-time schedule.

But viewers can continue to watch popular local TV shows including Walks Around Britain and Digital Nation, which continue to have slots on the new service.

The Liverpool launch is just one of three new services Made TV is launching this quarter. The company is to relaunch the current local TV service for the West Midlands as Made in Birmingham on 1st November. A new service for viewers in Teesside is due by the end of the year.

Made in Liverpool is available on Freeview channel 7 and Virgin Media channel 159 in the Merseyside / Wirral area, with Sky carriage promised for the future.