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Old 13-04-2006, 10:24
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Channel M, television exclusively for Greater Manchester, Manchesters dedicated TV station operated by the Guardian Media Group is now available nationwide on Sky Channel 203. Also available on NTL in the Greater Manchester area on channel 26 and terrestrial Ch39. Watch Channel M for all news, entertainment, music, sport, lifestyle and culture in greater Manchester.......

Channel M News
Join Andy Crane as he brings you the latest and ONLY news bulletin dedicated for and about Greater Manchester - every weekday at five from the Urbis in the City centre. Including local news headlines and reports, sport and entertainment.

I Love Manchester
Join Steph Elmore as she tours Greater Manchester's prominent buildings, hidden gems and history. See how Manchester's history, people, architecture and award winning tourist attractions have inspired the U.K and the rest of the world.

Every Wednesday with repeats throughout the week

Mon 11.30am & 7.00pm, Tue 12.30 pm 7.30pm, Wed 12 noon,
Thu 8.00pm, Sat 1.00pm & 6.30pm, Sun 12.30pm & 5.30pm

City Life
Channel M brings you a weekly entertainments round-up show, featuring the best of what's happening in and around Manchester. Presented by Byron Evans.

Friday 7.00pm & 11pm, Saturday 12.30 pm & 5.00pm, Sunday 12.00 noon & 6.30pm

4 Manchester
Gerard Mclouglin presents an hour long show featuring current music videos as well as guests, performance and special features.

Weekdays 4pm

Code XIII
Code Thirteen, Channel M's Rugby League programme, highlighting Salford City Reds with features on Swinton Lions, Oldham Roughyeds, Rochdale Hornets, Leigh Centurions ,Wigan Warriors and the local BARLA clubs. Presented by Barney.

Thursday 7.00pm & 9.30 pm, Friday 9.00pm, Saturday 5.30pm


FC United

A mix of action from ALL matches played the previous month and featuring player interviews, fan opinions and a look behind the scenes at one of the most talked about non-league football team in the world! Presented by Matt Critchley

Monthly show - Last Monday of the month at 7pm

Talking Sharks
Talking Sharks keeps you up to date with table-topping Sale Sharks as we follow them home and away getting instant reaction from the players and fans and debate all the issues affecting the Club. Presenter Mike Bradley.

Wednesday at 7pm repeated Thursday 12 noon and 11.30 pm, Friday at 10 pm, Saturdays 12pm & 6pm.

More programmes planned throughout the year.
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Old 13-04-2006, 11:32
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Sounds like a repeat idea of the London channel that broadcast on Sky, that has closed down, Sadly if a London channel with the added bonus of tourists that were supposed to watch it could not make it pay, how will a Greater Manchester channel?
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Old 13-04-2006, 11:41
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also on Irish EPG
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Old 13-04-2006, 11:46
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Originally Posted by terryjw
Sounds like a repeat idea of the London channel that broadcast on Sky, that has closed down, Sadly if a London channel with the added bonus of tourists that were supposed to watch it could not make it pay, how will a Greater Manchester channel?
London TV was basically just a 24/7 advert for London.

Channel M is a local channel for Manchester, with local news, sport etc rather than something that's trying to attract tourists. It's available on terrestrial TV in the area and has been on air since around 2000, so has already outlived London TV .
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Old 13-04-2006, 13:42
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I found the FC United show (club set up by fans opposed to the Glazer takeover of Man Utd) fascinating.
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Old 13-04-2006, 13:49
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I find the whole channel sadly a total wash out. The amount of local programming is dire and most of the schedule is filled with Canadian programming that is of very bad picture quality and severly out of date at times.

The local news would be good if it wasn't filmed in the morning and so come tea time again is out of date!

The plans I've heard for their new shows later in the year really don't seem to lift up any spirits here sadly. I know local tv is never going to be a big thing but a bunch of students could probably do a better job than this.
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Old 13-04-2006, 14:16
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Originally Posted by CocaCola
I find the whole channel sadly a total wash out. The amount of local programming is dire and most of the schedule is filled with Canadian programming that is of very bad picture quality and severly out of date at times.
Sounds like you're describing TV3 in 1999 or so.
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Old 13-04-2006, 15:54
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Given the present TV "regions" are poorly defined and command a limited amount of air time for news shows at the moment I certainly feel the potential is there more focused and specialist regional channels that actually match what people really consider to be their local areas.

As others have said though, the economics of city tv in the UK have never added up (mainly because they don't have big budget network programming to bolster their line up like in the States)

I wish this channel well, but suspect we will only get proper good quality local channels when the public sector (BBC) decides to provide them.
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Old 13-04-2006, 16:04
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BTW is that Andy Crane of CBBC fame?
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Old 13-04-2006, 17:57
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I'm watching now and they're playing This Is How It Feels by The Inspiral Carpets.

This channel kicks ass!!
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Old 13-04-2006, 18:00
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BTW is that Andy Crane of CBBC fame?

oh yes. No ed the Duck though
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Old 13-04-2006, 19:06
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Am watching it now. Must say it certainly seems an improvement on what it was five years ago when I lived in the city. Then all you could get was music videos and feeds from Sky News.
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Old 13-04-2006, 20:19
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Originally Posted by CocaCola
I find the whole channel sadly a total wash out. The amount of local programming is dire and most of the schedule is filled with Canadian programming that is of very bad picture quality and severly out of date at times.

The local news would be good if it wasn't filmed in the morning and so come tea time again is out of date!

The plans I've heard for their new shows later in the year really don't seem to lift up any spirits here sadly. I know local tv is never going to be a big thing but a bunch of students could probably do a better job than this.
With the budgets, time contraints, and the number of staff that are producing the programming at Channel M, I would seriously like to see you do much better. It seems that a lot of people don't realise what limitations channels like this have to run on.
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Old 14-04-2006, 15:24
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It's not a half bad channel. I'd like to see the format hit other cities in the UK.
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Old 14-04-2006, 16:01
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I remember this channel before i got freeview, i could get it on analogue for some reason. The channel was quite good i just hope it can be quite popular on Sky for everyone around the UK not just Greater Manchester
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Old 14-04-2006, 17:27
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L;ook out for channelW!
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Old 14-04-2006, 19:07
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I wish it well.
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Old 15-04-2006, 00:39
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L;ook out for channelW!
OI!

Channel L first, thank you
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Old 15-04-2006, 16:01
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Toon TV

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Old 15-04-2006, 18:55
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Originally Posted by CocaCola
I find the whole channel sadly a total wash out. The amount of local programming is dire and most of the schedule is filled with Canadian programming that is of very bad picture quality and severly out of date at times.

The local news would be good if it wasn't filmed in the morning and so come tea time again is out of date!

The plans I've heard for their new shows later in the year really don't seem to lift up any spirits here sadly. I know local tv is never going to be a big thing but a bunch of students could probably do a better job than this.
Of course I'm sure you could do much better with 50 and handycam. Why comment on something you have no real understanding of? Do you know the infrastructure and resources required to sustain programming on a daily basis? Probably not.....

Yes, the canadian stuff is pretty dire but it's either that or the test card (or Euronews).

Yes the news links are filmed in the afternoon, this hasn't stopped them getting one up on the BBC and ITN on a regular basis. They aren't far away from doing the news live anyway.
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Old 15-04-2006, 20:34
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Originally Posted by Jake freeview
I remember this channel before i got freeview, i could get it on analogue for some reason. The channel was quite good i just hope it can be quite popular on Sky for everyone around the UK not just Greater Manchester
It still is available on analogue in the Greater Manchester area on UHF 39. Although, reception in many areas has always been patchy
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Old 15-04-2006, 20:59
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Living in Manchester, I think Channel M is great. Shame I've had to wait for it to come on satellite to see it though - the terrestrial signal is appalling.

The Canadian filler programming doesn't interest me, but it helps pay for the local stuff, so it's swings and roundabouts.

The local news is fantastic. More focussed on this area than North West Tonight. They cover a lot of local issues that otherwise would never get an airing on TV. A lot of their stories seem to come from the MEN (that's Manchester Evening News for those of you South of Wilmslow), which is a good use of resources - Guardian Media Group part-own the station.

I Love Manchester is also a great local programme about places in Manchester and the history and stories behind them. Fascinating. That's precisely the sort of thing this channel should be doing.

It's serving Manchester well. Not even London has a local channel like this. I wish it well. Every city should have one.
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Old 19-04-2006, 11:09
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Originally Posted by mancnq
It's serving Manchester well. Not even London has a local channel like this. I wish it well. Every city should have one.
It's what London TV should have been. A well run local TV station could (and should) be justified for the capital. I don't suppose Ken Livingstone has time to watch much TV but hopefully some of his advisors will point him in the direction of Channel M.
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Old 19-04-2006, 11:31
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What is so great about Manchester that it needs its own TV channel. DELETE. I'd much rather watch Grab-A-Grand.

London TV shut down and London is the capital. Manchester aint even the second biggest city let alone the first. Programming is very similar to that of London TV so its only a matter of time before 'Channel M' closes too.
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Old 19-04-2006, 11:34
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Originally Posted by mancnq
Living in Manchester, I think Channel M is great.
Yeah, good for locals. People outside Manchester dont give a rat.

The local news is fantastic. More focussed on this area than North West Tonight. They cover a lot of local issues that otherwise would never get an airing on TV. A lot of their stories seem to come from the MEN (that's Manchester Evening News for those of you South of Wilmslow), which is a good use of resources - Guardian Media Group part-own the station.
Again, who, outside Manchester gives any kind of toss about local Manchester issues?

I Love Manchester is also a great local programme about places in Manchester and the history and stories behind them. Fascinating. That's precisely the sort of thing this channel should be doing.
Sounds amazing.

It's serving Manchester well. Not even London has a local channel like this. I wish it well. Every city should have one.
London did have one and failed. So I cant see Manchester TV lasting long either. Sorry.
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