A number of Manchester-based bands have come out in support for a proposed Manchester television channel.
Manchester are among a handful of cities set to be awarded their new local television broadcast licence by regulator OFCOM, and one of the bidding stations, Made in Manchester TV, have promised new music programmes to be part of their scheduling.
Among these will feature shows hosted by BBC 6Music’s Marc Riley and Oliver Wilson, son of the legendary late broadcaster Tony Wilson.
Bands such as Everything Everything and Delphic have spoken out in agreeance with the proposal.
Jeremy Pritchard of Everything Everything said:
“Although none of us are originally from Manchester, we a long time ago made it our home specifically for the opportunities a city like it continually affords. We appeared numerous times on Channel M Music and would tune into the shows regularly. The support from within Manchester’s music community for Made in Manchester TV in particular is overwhelming.”
James Cook, lead singer in Delphic, added:
“Channel M Music were complicit in us first getting noticed by the industry and fans alike, it quite literally started for us in front of local TV cameras and the prospect of this being able to happen again for some of the new and exciting acts our city has to offer is too good a opportunity to miss.”
If successful, the TV station will broadcast across the city on Freeview channel 8 from next year.