Manchester TV station Channel M closes
Published: 17th Apr 2012 11:23:02
Manchester TV station Channel M has closed after 12 years of broadcasting.
Owners Guardian Media Group (GMG) Radio said the regional station was not commercially viable under new government plans for local TV.
Channel M was scaled back in 2009 and again in 2010 when it was moved into GMG's radio division following the sale of the Manchester Evening News.
Chief Executive Stuart Taylor said he was "extremely disappointed" as Channel M was a campaigner for local TV.
The closure has resulted in three job loses.
Mr Taylor said: "It is extremely disappointing because we were campaigners for local TV. GMG launched the first local TV station so it is a sad time.
"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."
He added: "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."
In 2009, the digital TV station made more than 40 redundancies to its workforce and a further 35 in 2010 following the sale of GMG's local newspaper assets.
Manchester has been identified by UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt as one of 20 towns and cities that could provide "commercially viable" local TV stations.
In Mr Hunt's Local TV plans he claimed there was a "real demand" for programming more local than that offered by the BBC or commercial stations and the new framework "significantly reduces the cost of running local TV services".
A spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said: "Channel M started up over a decade ago with a low position on the electronic programme guide (EPG).
"We are offering high EPG prominence; greatly reduced capital costs; the creation of a new industry body that will potentially support content, advertising sales and audience measurement; and providing opportunities for new business models to develop."
At 06:50:13 in EnglandTattoo businesses are being rated on how hygienic they are under a new voluntary scheme designed to drive up standards.
At 06:36:24 in Northern IrelandThe number of Northern Ireland patients using a service that provides safe and legal substitutes for drugs such as heroin has risen dramatically.
At 06:29:15 in ScotlandA 29-year-old man has been charged after an incident outside a Peterhead nightclub.
At 06:27:32 in HeadlinesIn the not too distant past, few who didn't work in international banking had heard of the London interbank offered rate (Libor), but now it has become synonymous with financial scandal and the papers are again full of the acronym.
At 06:11:57 in EnglandThe leaseholders of Herm and the Guernsey States department responsible for the island are at loggerheads over extending the island's lease.
At 05:51:36 in HeadlinesTwo South Korean conscripts died in apparent suicides on Sunday, the military says, weeks after another soldier shot five members of his unit.
At 05:04:14 in WorldRussia has violated a key arms control treaty by testing a nuclear cruise missile, the US government says.
At 04:53:30 in HeadlinesThe UN Security Council has blacklisted the operator of a North Korean ship seized near the Panama Canal with undeclared Cuban weapons on board.
At 03:51:54 in EntertainmentLord Coe has indicated that he has withdrawn from the race to be the next chairman of the BBC Trust.
At 03:03:46 in EnglandTwo fishermen were rescued after spending nine hours adrift on a life-raft when their boat sank in the North Sea.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Manchester TV station Channel M closes [Online] (Updated 17th Apr 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1422818/Manchester-TV-station-Channel-M-closes [Accessed 29th Jul 2014]
News In Other Categories
A 29-year-old man has been charged after an incident outside a Peterhead nightclub.
Microsoft has confirmed that officials from China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce - the body responsible for enforcing business laws - have visited some of its offices.
The number of Northern Ireland patients using a service that provides safe and legal substitutes for drugs such as heroin has risen dramatically.
Two South Korean conscripts died in apparent suicides on Sunday, the military says, weeks after another soldier shot five members of his unit.
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
Lord Coe has indicated that he has withdrawn from the race to be the next chairman of the BBC Trust.