New Sheffield TV channel to launch next month

A new television channel dedicated to Sheffield will start broadcasting next month – almost two years after being granted a licence, it has been confirmed.

Sheffield Live! Television will be available on Freeview, Virgin and the internet from Tuesday, September 23.

But the channel is currently more than £10,000 short of its £150,000 fundraising target through a share offer, with the deadline for investors tomorrow.

It will broadcast programmes about city music, sport and culture, as well as news.

Media regulator Ofcom awarded the licence in November 2012, along with giving the go-ahead to other local television stations around the country.

The channel will collaborate with existing community radio station Sheffield Live! and will also supply some content to the BBC.

Steve Buckley, chair of SLTV Ltd, said: “Sheffield Live Television will reflect the interests of Sheffield people and communities – and provide a platform for local talent and opportunities for local businesses.

“It will be an open, diverse and inclusive channel, locally owned and run for community benefit.

“We are thrilled to be able to announce our launch date and look forward to providing Sheffield with the local news and types of programming they’ve asked for from a new local TV channel.”

More than £136,000 has been raised to support the channel through a share offer, with bosses hoping to reach their £150,000 target by tomorrow’s deadline.

The money will be used to purchase equipment and finish the studio facilities for the new channel.

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