The countdown has begun to the first broadcast of Sheffield’s very own TV channel after the station announced its launch date today.
Sheffield Live Television will begin airing on Tuesday 23 September and will be available in the prime channel 8 position on Freeview.
City residents will also be able to receive the new station through Virgin Media cable and via the internet.
The license for the new channel was secured in 2012 after the government announced plans for local channels in more than 20 locations across the country.
Sheffield Live TV will feature a slate of local programming, including news, sport, music culture and more.
A showreel of programmes in development was recently screened at the Showroom Cinema, including shows such as ‘Cheap Thrills, the Zero budget Film Festival’ (a show accompanying the niche film festival), ‘Deadman Presents’ (music show), ‘Nice Out Innit’ (showcasing local landmarks and attractions), ‘The Farm’ (features about Loxley Valley Community Farm) and more.
Whilst not having the budget and production values of mainstream channels, programming will be focussed entirely at a local audience.
The unique content is largely made up of contributions from the community and will be a sister station to Sheffield Live (93.2FM) radio, which has been in operation across the city for seven years.
Sheffield Live Television also has a contract to supply some content to the BBC.
Steve Buckley, chair of the new channel, said: “Sheffield Live Television will reflect the interests of Sheffield people and communities – and provide a platform for local talent and opportunities for local businesses.
“It will be an open, diverse and inclusive channel, locally owned and run for community benefit. We are thrilled to be able to announce our launch date and look forward to providing Sheffield with the local news and types of programming they’ve asked for from a new local TV channel.”
This is not the first time Sheffield has had its own television channel. Trial station Sheffield Cablevision launched in 1973 and closed in 1977 when high costs and politics affected the channel.
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