Made in Leeds local TV channel to launch ‘late summer’

It’s been a long time in coming, but it seems Leeds might be getting it’s new Local TV station at long last.

You might recall that back in February 2013, the guys at Made TV won the Leeds franchise competition run by Ofcom. It was originally due to be on-air by November last year but hit some unspecified delays.

But now the channel says on its website that it is launching at the end of the summer. And it’s now ready to hire staff. Made In Leeds has also been tweeting the latest job vacancies:

Traction at last!

Jobs include an experienced news editor and an unspecified number of video journalists for their news operation. Interestingly the job adverts stress the importance of local knowledge and passion for the city, which is good to see. And the importance of digital and social media skills are also flagged up.

I should declare at this stage that I helped Made in Leeds put together its newsroom strategy for the Ofcom bid. And although I’m no longer attached to the channel, I do wish it well. It’ll be interesting to see how it develops as the newest member of the city’s media scene.

Check out station manager Isis Abebe speaking at Leeds Trinity University last year or more background:

Made in Leeds is one of four local stations overseen by Made Television Ltd, the umbrella company which is currently the largest player in the new market.

Last week I blogged on how Time Out magazine is launching a Leeds website. The Leeds media scene is certainly changing.


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