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CrispyPotato59 posts since 22 Sep 2012
BBC World
Wondering if That's Manchester has given up on anything but news? I don't watch it much as I don't live in the UK, however I am back for a little while so decided to tune in.

The EPG for today only shows 'Manchester Headline News' right up until tomorrow when Talking Pictures TV starts. However, they couldn't show 'Manchester Headline News' - after a poor fade-out from TPTV, a couple of false starts and some repeated adverts, 'Manchester Last Week Now' started.

I noted that this show had a window backdrop, although I couldn't tell where it was (possibly the backdrop from That's Lancashire in Preston). Also, I note that the backdrop for studio links and interviews has changed to the basic purple used in other areas (or perhaps they are filming it from another area?) without the TV in the middle and without the silver bands.

Finally, they haven't updated YouTube with new episodes of 'Student Speak' or 'The Geek Show' since August.

Seems like they're cost-cutting and taking further steps backwards.

Saddened to see that the UK's third (or second depending on how you view it) city has such a terrible service compared to Liverpool and Leeds next door.
London Lite8,192 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
Local TV was discussed on Radio 4's The Media Show - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0977v26 - listen from 13'17" in...


Points of interest.

Hunt as Culture Secretary didn't like the idea of a quasi-national channel to compete against Channel 5, so decided to go for the bottom-up local tv channel for each licence model.

Jamie Conway from Made TV mentioned that Made in Liverpool is up 200% and Made in Birmingham is up 400% compared to the mess that was Big Centre TV.

Feature on Made in Leeds.

Ray Snoddy believes Made TV will have to acquire other channels to consolidate the local tv network and praised the Made TV model.
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Jon6,940 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today
I imagine That's Awful have got their eye on Made.

My theory is that That's are delibratly running down their programming, so they can go to Ofcom saying the local programming in unviable, create a quasi-national network, then sell the licenceses and lucrative Freeview slot for a handsome profit.
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Brekkie27,841 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
It's almost certainly been a bigger disaster than even most of us thought it would be. I certainly thought it would be done on the cheap and would be little watched, but thought they'd at least be a bit of care and thought put into the content made available, however limited it was. I do think Made were on the right track but selling huge chunks of the day, especially primetime, to Tru TV wasn't a great move for a supposedly "local" network. I've no issue with them using Tru TV content to prop up the schedule, but the way they've done it stripped out local identity completely during those hours and basically just gave Tru TV a slot on the top page of the EPG. I do think OFCOM needed to ensure these channels are predominantly local in primetime just like local radio has to be local at breakfast and drivetime.
Shouldn't that have been posted in the "John Logie Baird has Invented Television" thread?
JexedBack41 posts since 15 Nov 2016
South East Today
Local TV was discussed on Radio 4's The Media Show - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0977v26 - listen from 13'17" in...


Points of interest.

Hunt as Culture Secretary didn't like the idea of a quasi-national channel to compete against Channel 5, so decided to go for the bottom-up local tv channel for each licence model.


Should have gone for Channel 6 National Spine service that I think Greg Dyke was proposing
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London Lite8,192 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
It's almost certainly been a bigger disaster than even most of us thought it would be. I certainly thought it would be done on the cheap and would be little watched, but thought they'd at least be a bit of care and thought put into the content made available, however limited it was. I do think Made were on the right track but selling huge chunks of the day, especially primetime, to Tru TV wasn't a great move for a supposedly "local" network. I've no issue with them using Tru TV content to prop up the schedule, but the way they've done it stripped out local identity completely during those hours and basically just gave Tru TV a slot on the top page of the EPG. I do think OFCOM needed to ensure these channels are predominantly local in primetime just like local radio has to be local at breakfast and drivetime.


With the BBC funding ending for those first-tier channels, it was inevitable that TruTV and Talking Pictures would snap up off-peak slots on those higher EPG local channels. Jamie Conway mentioned that viewers don't expect these channels to be 100% local.