New TV channel set to broadcast in Sheffield

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A new television channel dedicated to Sheffield should be on screens by autumn, the station’s boss has said.

Steve Buckley, chairman of Sheffield Live! TV, said it is hoped the station will be up and running by September.

The channel, which will be available on Freeview, will broadcast round the clock although most new programmes will be shown between the peak times of 6pm and 11pm, with repeats being shown throughout the day.

The station’s offices will be based at The Workstation in Paternoster Row, sharing space with Sheffield Live community radio.

Mr Buckley said: “We are hoping to launch in September and we are very much gearing up for that now.

“It is tremendously exciting getting to this point. The support we have had has been tremendous.”

He said the channel will cover news, sport, music and culture, with an aim of providing four hours of new locally produced programmes a day.

Mr Buckley said the station has received more than 100 programme proposals, with 40 shortlisted for potential development.

The channel will be available on Freeview, Virgin cable and also over the internet and is set to have a potential reach of about 500,000 people.

In May 2012, Ofcom, the communications regulator, advertised local digital TV licences for Sheffield and other locations such as Birmingham and Cardiff.

Sheffield Local Television Ltd, which is owned by Sheffield Community Media Ltd, was the winning applicant for the Sheffield local TV service, with Ofcom’s decision announced in October 2012.

The licence will run for an initial 12 years.

When the channel goes live, it will broadcast on Freeview Channel 8.