A NEW television channel covering the North-East is due to launch next year after being granted a licence by Ofcom.

Made in Tyne & Wear TV will broadcast on Freeview to 900,000 households in Newcastle and Sunderland, although will also be available to homes in the County Durham and Darlington area.

The company aims to start broadcasting by next summer.

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Station manager Tony Hazell said: “We’re thrilled to be awarded this licence after many years of hard work by the team.

“Tyne & Wear is already a creative capital with some fantastic TV companies based here and a strong history in production.

“Made in Tyne & Wear will be different though as we’ll be focusing on local programming by and for local viewers."

The parent company, Made TV Ltd, has already been awarded licences in Bristol and Cardiff.

The company has received help to prepare a North-East bid from local organisations, including the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, Metro Radio, and Newcastle and Sunderland universities.