Liverpool's local TV
station celebrates its 1st birthday
BAY TV Liverpool has announced an
expanded schedule of programmes, as the station marks the 1st anniversary
of its launch on Freeview Channel 8.
Broadcasting from purpose built studios in the City, Bay TV went live on
Thursday, 4 December 2014 and currently nets an average weekly audience of
more than 370,000 viewers.
Bay TV is now 1 of the 5 biggest local
stations, a network made up of 20 stations, that have taken
to the air, in Towns and Cities all over the UK in the last 2 years.
Marking it's "birthday" the channel has run a special programme celebrating
the channel's achievements to date and looking ahead to its second year in
operation, station chiefs unveiled a host of fresh programmes that will hit
screens in the New Year (2016).
The new content includes an international:- "blockbuster" series of
biography documentaries on the lives of celebrities such as Clint Eastwood
and Angelina Jolie. Alongside there will be further additions to local
programmes with a show exploring Liverpool's rich architectural heritage and
another focusing on the City's rich vein of culture. There are also plans in
place for a dedicated:- "Business Hour" programme.
Bay TV CEO Chris Johnson said:-
"We're delighted with the popularity that the station is enjoying, with
audience numbers increasing consistently over the past year.
Local TV in the UK remains in its early stages. The best is yet to come and
there is a lot of work to do in expanding and improving the experience for
We are in a highly competitive market, alongside the BBC, ITV, C4 and C5,
but I'm proud to say that; thanks to the loyalty of the local audience;
Liverpool has a TV station worthy of a great City and its people.
Bay TV is different from anything that has ever been offered to viewers in
the area, with a unique mix of news, sport, current affairs and
The station is now firmly embedded in the fabric of Mearsyside, and we continue
to strive to reflect its rich culture, unique history, vital diversity and
Our mission is 'Telling the Liverpool story every day'
and that is
exactly what we do. The past year was tremendously exciting, particularly
with the Three Queens as the landmark event in the City. Next year we will
have the International Festival for Business 2106 and we are looking forward
to that putting the City at the centre of the world stage. We not only
inform and entertain but look to challenge our audience and we love to
receive feedback. I'm glad to say that we've had mostly positive comments to
date, but we always make a point of listening and learning from any
constructive criticism. I want to underline our appreciation for the
dedication displayed by our staff and the loyalty of our viewers. It is
thanks to them that Bay TV has proved to be the success that it is."
Chris Kerr, Bay TV's Director of Programmes said:- "What makes our
channel so special is that we offer the opportunity for everyone to engage
with and to influence the nature of our programmes.
Bay TV focuses on the people of the Liverpool City Region and Merseyside.
Many of our programmes are locally made, by and for local people. We
invite people to get involved and to make contributions to our programmes.
We welcome response from viewers and encourage suggestions on what they want
to see on their screens."
Bay TV Liverpool is on Freeview Channel 8 and Virgin Media 158 and online at:-