|Launched||20 January 1998|
|Closed||31 August 2018|
|Owned by||Channel 7 Television|
(Immage 2000 Studios)
Estuary TV CIC Ltd
(Grimsby Institute Group)
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
|Audience share||Local TV Macro Network:[Note 1]|
0.00% (September 2018 , BARB)
|Broadcast area||North & North East Lincolnshire|
|Headquarters||Grimsby Institute, Nuns Corner, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire|
|Formerly called||Channel 7 (1998–2013)|
|Replaced by||That’s TV Humber|
|Sister channel(s)||Yorkshire Coast TV|
|Virgin Media||Channel 106|
Estuary TV was the UK's longest running local television station at the time of its closure. It reached approximately 140,000 homes in North and North East Lincolnshire on Virgin Media's digital television network.
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.
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.
On 12 September 2012, Ofcom announced that Channel 7 had been awarded the licence to operate a local TV channel for the Grimsby area. The channel rebranded as Estuary TV and began broadcasting on Freeview from the Belmont transmitting station on 26 November 2013. It was originally proposed that the channel would be renamed Lincolnshire Living.
On 2 August 2018, The Grimsby Institute announced that Estuary TV will cease broadcasting on 31 August resulting in the staff losing their jobs. The Institute also announced their intention to work with a larger broadcaster to keep Local TV running in the region after the channel closes.