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Teesside local channel to hit the airwaves

The first new local TV channel to launch in 2017 will hit the airwaves across Teesside on Thursday, with the channel available to viewers with Freeview and Virgin Media.

Made in Teesside, launching at 6pm on the 30th March, is the latest addition to the local TV network, which first started with a single channel in Grimsby back in 2013. Of the local TV channels owned by Made Television, the Teesside service is the seventh channel to join its network.

The launch of Made in Teesside follows Made TV's launch of two new channels in Birmingham and Liverpool late last year and comes a month before Made TV launches a new channel available to viewers in north-east Wales.

A sister channel to neighbouring channel Made in Tyne & Wear, Made in Teesside will provide viewers with local news and information every evening, plus a number of popular programmes syndicated across local TV channels.

Viewers with Freeview will be able to find the channel on channel 7, but may need to retune to watch. Coverage is focused on the area shown below, and viewers need to have their TV aerial facing in southward direction to the Bilsdale transmitter on the North York Moors. Viewers receiving from Pontop Pike transmitter south-west of Newcastle may instead receive Made in Tyne and Wear.

Users of Freeview/internet hybrid platforms including BT TV, TalkTalk TV, EE TV and Plusnet TV living in the coverage area will also be able to see Made in Teesside on channel 7, as part of the Freeview element of these platforms.

Virgin Media viewers in and around Middlesbrough will see Made in Teesside on channel 159.

But satellite viewers will not get the new channel. Made in Teesside confirmed last week that on Sky, viewers will see sister channel Made in Tyne and Wear instead, where viewers will be able to see the non-local shows that Made in Teesside will also be showing.

Online, the channel will offer a live stream and a catch-up facility.