A new channel for the Manchester area covering around a million homes has been given the go-ahead.

It will be run by YourTV Manchester, it was confirmed today, with the contract lasting for up to 12 years.

The channel may be on air as early as this year and it will combine news, sport, and entertainent with health, chat shows, employment and coveage from around the Manchester area.

Ofcom awarded the contract to YourTV today. Its board includes Bryan Burgess, David McKeith, Feliticity Goodey OBE, Roger Ward and Damian Walsh.