25 November 2013 Last updated at 14:28 GMT
Estuary TV in Grimsby goes on air today - the first in a nationwide roll-out of new local TV stations.
The new channels will be funded by advertising, sponsorship and a commercial agreement with the BBC, with local news, sport, culture and entertainment on Freeview, making them more accessible than previous stations that folded.
The stations were the idea of former culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, who saw them as a way of strengthening local democracy.
David Sillito went behind the scenes at Estuary TV's studios as the team did their final rehearsals ahead of the big launch, and spoke to news editor Emma Lingard and presenter Martin Samuels.