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Regional daily partners winning local TV bid

A partnership involving a regional daily newspaper has been awarded the licence to run a local TV station in the North East.

Media regulator Ofcom has awarded the licence for local TV services in Middlesbrough to Made TV, which was partnered in its bid by Trinity Mirror-owned daily the Evening Gazette.

The station’s production and studio facilities will be set up in the paper’s offices in Middlesbrough and will broadcast under the banner ‘Made in Teesside.’

Ofcom also announced the award of the licence for York to One&Other TV, an offshoot of the local news website

There were two bids for the Middlesbrough licence – Made TV and Tees Vision.

Ofcom said that Made TV offered a “coherent and credible proposition that showed that the proposed service would meet the needs of the local area, broaden the range of television programmes available for viewing in the local area and increase the number and range of programmes made in or about the area.”

It is the fifth local TV licence to be awarded to Made, following those for Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds and Newcastle.

One&Other was the only applicant for the York licence.  Ofcom said it had “a clear set of programming commitments, with programmes made within and covering the area of York, satisfying the statutory criteria.”

In a statement on its website, One&Other said it hoped to be on air by the end of October 2014.

“The award by Ofcom means that approximately 100,000 households in the York area will be able to tune in daily to channel 8 on Freeview to watch original news, current affairs, entertainment, heritage and culture programming created for, and in, York and its surrounding areas,” it said.

Partners in the channel, which has a working title of The York Channel, include University of York and City of York Council.

The channel is expecting to create 12-15 new jobs initially and is also looking to work with local independent producers.