Estuary TV

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Estuary TV
Launched January 1998
Owned by Estuary TV CIC Ltd
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 North & North East Lincolnshire
Headquarters Grimsby Institute, Nuns Corner, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire
Formerly called Channel 7 (1998–2013)
Sister channel(s) Yorkshire Coast TV
Freeview Channel 8
Virgin Media Channel 159

Estuary TV is a local television station based in the United Kingdom.


Estuary TV is the UK's longest running local television station and reaches approximately 140,000 homes in North and North East Lincolnshire on Virgin Media's digital television network.[1]

Estuary TV is licensed with Ofcom.[2]


Channel 7 was originally set up in Immingham's Immage 2000 Studios in 1996 by Mark Fenty, John Trevitt and Ian Hargreaves with other Directors coming and going for the local community to showcase their talent and for information about local area and its events. The studios were officially opened in 1997 by Lord Puttnam.[3]

The channel was purchased by the Grimsby Institute in 2001 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the further and higher education college.

Channel 7 officially launched in January 1998 and is situated at the Grimsby Institute's main campus at Nuns' Corner. Prior to that it was situated at the Immingham Resource Centre, in the south part of Immingham, opposite Eastfield Junior and Infants school. During its time at Immingham Channel 7 was innovative in its programming utilising talents such as Chris McRae, Stuart Hall, Rob Dabb and many others, new to TV yet excited and motivated they produced hours of television a lot of it totally live with interaction with the public. It became a must watch channel for local people with NTL. Driven by John Trevitt his enthusiasm and efforts made it something to be proud of. Local people learned how to present and as time went on others joined the Studio as receptionists, later to become presenters and news readers, every one at Immage 2000 was encouraged to get involved from indeed the receptionist to the Sound engineer to the cleaner.

In 2006 Channel 7 was moved on NTL (now Virgin Media) channel 107 to 879 as part of a channel reshuffle and broadcasts from the Great Coates head-end in the Grimsby region.

On 12 September 2012, Ofcom announced that Channel 7 had been awarded the licence to operate a local TV channel for the Grimsby area.[4] The channel rebranded as Estuary TV and began broadcasting on Freeview from the Belmont transmitting station on 26 November 2013.[5] It was originally proposed that the channel would be renamed Lincolnshire Living.

On 31 October 2013, Estuary TV was awarded a local television licence for Scarborough with Yorkshire Coast TV, expected to launch in 2014.[6]


Featured Programmes on Estuary TV are:

  • Lincolnshire Living
  • Fit Family Food
  • Street Beat
  • Lingard's Lincolnshire Rambles
  • On the Bench
  • Hot Topic
  • The Moore Show
  • On The Bench Extra
  • Our Estuary

Other programmes that have appeared on Estuary TV include:

  • Start the Day with Chris McRae
  • Lets Go Fishing
  • Scene on Seven
  • The Market Place
  • Soundbite
  • Joe Frater's Professional Boxing
  • Paul's Watercolour World
  • Artist Tea
  • Chi
  • Fast Slug
  • In Focus
  • Lincolnshire Hotpot
  • Viewpoint
  • Young, Gifted and Green
  • Faces and Places
  • Nunny TV
  • Scunthorpe Steal
  • Ernie's Pitstop
  • Voxx
  • Unsigned Transmissions
  • That Friday Show


Many celebrities have presented programmes on Estuary TV. Most notably:

Current presenters on Estuary TV include:

  • Hugh Riches
  • Richard Morris
  • Dan Kemp
  • Erica Barker
  • Emma Lingard
  • Martin Samuels
  • Helen Barley
  • Dave Nunn
  • Tom Reid
  • Tom Hardy
  • Rob Underwood
  • Rachel Chadwick

Past presenters include:

  • Stuart Allen
  • Rob Dabb
  • Michelle Portess
  • Chris McRae (the first face seen on Seven – Soundbite – and a regular presenter) joined before airing and instrumental in programming.
  • Emma Turner
  • Pete Marshall
  • Jack Surfleet
  • Luke Adams
  • James Dunn


References and notes

  1. Audience data for Local TV channels across England, Wales & N. Ireland are measured and reported together, as "Local TV Macro Network".
  1. "What is Channel Seven?". Grimsby Institute. Retrieved 2013-11-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  2. "List of L-DTPS Licence Awards". Ofcom. Retrieved 2013-11-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Sir David Puttnam opens Immage Studios". Borderlines Film Festival.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Ofcom awards first local TV licences". Ofcom. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2013-02-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Brown, Maggie (2013-09-04). "Local TV steps up activity ahead of launch". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-09-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Ofcom awards Cambridge and Scarborough local TV licences". Ofcom. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-11-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

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