Press Club member Gary James, head of sport at Made in Birmingham, discusses a new era for local TV following the merger of Walsall-based Big Centre TV with Made TV
“The West Midlands is hailed as a vibrant and exciting region. So where better than to launch a new local television channel that offers a great opportunity to introduce creative programming that will both inspire and entertain.
What originally started out as Big Centre TV, broadcasting to Greater Birmingham and the Black Country, is now branded as Made in Birmingham.
It’s a dedicated channel for the West Midlands which went “live” on 8 November, with its inaugural show being a home-grown city news programme. And within a couple of months we’ll be ‘going national’ with a channel on the Sky network.
Our schedule, already warmly welcomed by viewers who relish increased local content, comprises an eclectic mix of factual, news, entertainment and lifestyle programming.
Locally produced content is being blended with shared programmes produced across the Made Television network and acquired shows. These include Sarah Beeny’s ‘Double Your House for Half Your Money’ and Dawn O’Porter’s ‘This Old Thing’.
Other original, local programming will include veteran journalist Tom Ross’ Goalzone; where viewers get involved in live and lively weekly football debate. And local news anchor Mike Prince will feature the biggest stories to get the region talking every weekday at 6 pm and 9 pm on #BirminghamNews.
City residents George Hancorn, Taffy Mushipe and Richard Gullick (pictured) will be letting our viewers know all about the latest music and events, culture and other events on ‘The Lowdown Birmingham, a weekday magazine show.
Made Television, which also operates in Bristol, Leeds and Tyne Wear, is providing a service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Its Birmingham service is currently available on Freeview 7 and Virgin 159. By early next year, it will also be on Sky 117.
So why not join our audience and take a look? You can watch live or catch up online at www.madetelevision.tv/live.”