Made in Tyne & Wear

Made in Tyne & Wear
Launched 12 November 2014
Owned by Made Television
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Audience share Local TV Macro Network:[Note 1]
0.01% (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Country United Kingdom
Broadcast area Tyne and Wear
Headquarters University of Sunderland
Sister channel(s) Made in Birmingham
Made in Bristol
Made in Cardiff
Made in Leeds
Made in Liverpool
Freeview Channel 7
Sky Channel 117
Virgin Media Channel 159

Made in Tyne & Wear is a local television station serving Tyne & Wear and parts of Northumberland and County Durham. The station is owned and operated by Made Television Ltd and forms part of a group of six city-based TV stations. It broadcasts from studios and offices at the David Puttnam Media Centre in the St. Peter's campus at the University of Sunderland.


In December 2012, the broadcast regulator OFCOM announced Made Television had been awarded a licence to broadcast the local TV service for the Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland areas, serving a potential audience of 900,000 viewers in an area stretching from Alnwick in the north to Bishop Auckland in the south.[1] There were three other bids for the licence - Neon TV, Metro8 Newcastle and YourTV Newcastle.

The channel began broadcasting on Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media platforms on Wednesday 12 November 2014, completing the roll out of the four Made TV stations, following launches in Bristol, Cardiff and Leeds. After three months on air, Made in Tyne & Wear claimed a weekly audience of around 197,000 viewers.[2]

Since August 2015, the station has also been streaming live online via its website. On 5 April 2016, Made in Tyne and Wear moved from Freeview channel 8 to Freeview channel 7.[3]

The station's manager since launch is Tony Hazell. Currently, Made TV are planning to launch a second North East station for the Teesside area.[4]


Made in Tyne & Wear is based at the St. Peter's Campus at the University of Sunderland

Made in Tyne & Wear is required to broadcast 37 hours a week of first-run programming.[5]

Its flagship programme is the twice-nightly local news magazine, Tyne and Wear News.[6] The main feature programme is the channel's magazine show, The Lowdown, which airs at 7pm each weeknight.

Other local programmes include current affairs series Insight and Press Pit, topical debate show Chatty Lasses, independent documentary strand Tyne Docs, cookery show Northern Cuisine, music show Ubeat TV and football magazine show Football Matters.[7] [8]

Programmes produced by the other Made TV stations in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds and Liverpool also air on the channel along with acquired programming from other broadcasters, including local TV stations around the UK.


  1. Audience data for Local TV channels across England, Wales & N. Ireland are measured and reported together, as "Local TV Macro Network".
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