Manchester-based TV station Channel M has shut down after 12 years in a rebuff to the government’s local TV plans
Trinity declined to have the station included in the sale and GMG then scaled down its offering with the loss of 30 jobs.
Now it has been shut down altogether with its owners saying the government’s plans did not offer it a viable future.
Chief executive of GMG Radio Stuart Taylor said: “We’ve been in a holding pattern with Channel M for two years awaiting the outcome of the government’s future plans for local TV.
“Sadly, we don’t feel they provide us with the framework needed to grow Channel M into a profitable business that delivers the quality service viewers and advertisers expect from GMG.”
Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt wants up to 20 new local TV stations up and running by 2015 and is due to award the first licenses this summer.
But opposition MPs have dubbed the £120m plan a “vanity project” and senior media figures such as Trinity Mirror boss Sly Bailey have also questioned its viability.
Channel began life as Manchester Student Television in 2000 and broadcast to the Greater Manchester area on Freeview.
Three jobs have been lost as a result of the station’s final closure.