Local TV has been an abject failure in this country. I occasionally look at Leeds TV and it just seems to be 24/7 Judge Judy.
The Made In Channels simulcast CBS Reality outside of the news hours, which may have been relatively okay (although a waste of a prominent Freeview slot) if they were airing another channel that wasn't already on Freeview.
100% Solely local content will never be profitable in any shape or form as born out by the results of the local tv scheme. Aside from well funded 24 hr local news channels in large cities it doenst work. It must always be supplemented with other populist programming. But it goes so show how badly this entire "local channels" scheme was rolled out. Not every city awarded a station should have been allotted a station so soon. It just watered everything down, spreading already scant resources so thin. Without a solid national advertising model in place, unfortuntately it was always going to be hard to make a profit . A national advertising sales group was need to operate across the entire network of channels. They tried to run what are essentially public access channel as ad-driven commercial stations; it was never going to work.
But also awarding clearly underfunded, unproven organizations to launch these channels and run too many of them on the cheap was a recipe for disaster. They only way these stations would have survived had they been put in place as public access channels and funded as a public service by tv providers as they are done in the Canada and the US. (Briefly, public access are put into place by cable/paytv providers to allow the public to create their own programming as a "gift" to the communities these providers operate in, Think the SNL skit and films WAYNES WORLD) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ71xpGjPXo. The US governments broadcasting regulator, the FCC mandated the following:
Hundreds of public-access television production facilities were launched in the 1970s after the Federal Communications Commission issued its Third Report and Order in 1972, which required all cable systems in the top 100 U.S. television markets to offer three access-channels, one each for public, educational, and local government use. The rule was amended in 1976 to require that cable systems in communities with 3,500 or more subscribers set aside up to 4 cable TV channels and provide access to equipment and studios for use by the public.
These public access channel exist out side the US as well. Such as in Scandinavia, Western Europe, Canada and Australia. In Germany, Norway and Sweden there are "open channels". In most countries public-access television channels are broadcast on cable but in Australia, Denmark and Norway Terrestrial television transmission is common (UHF or digital).
Frankly most of the UK local channels look like public access channels in quality and programming, aside from London Live which was badly run IMO. It had the best chance, but cant survive without a strong advertising sales group to back it up and invest money into the "news" department. Which was a complete disaster from the start. Shouldnt have been that difficult, since they had a big newspaper backing them up. Wasted oppourtunity. (Still dont get how they screwed that up. Geez )
Ding Ding Ding!
Give that man a prize! Geeez! . And now the problem is that since it was so badly rolled, every bridge has been burned. Especially the viewing public, since they were left with an inferior viewing experience. Which should have never happened. I hate to sound like Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost, but these channels can all say collectively......"You in danger girl!"