The UK’s first local news broadcaster, Channel 44 has begun testing officially ahead of its launch this month.
As revealed first on BizAsiaLive.com, Channel 44 will focus on current affairs for the Asian demographic locally. It will also have news updates from Pakistan. It is owned by the same group as Channel 24 and City 42 (Lahore channel) in Pakistan.
The tests are currently running video tests of bulletins from Pakistan, with a ticker along the bottom of the screen scrolling UK news updates.
Channel 44 will take its EPG slot, 854 from September-end.
Channel 44 UK will be handled by Evolution, the same company, which looks after Hum TV in UK/Europe.
Tests of Channel 44 on Sky can be viewed at the following parameters below:
-> Using your Sky Digi remote, go to Services Menu
-> Select System Setup
-> Select Add Channels
-> Enter frequency: 11.597 (V), FEC: 5/6, SR: 22000 / DVB-S / QPSK
-> Find Channels and Press SELECT
-> Highlight ���53591? service and press Yellow button
-> Return to Services Menu
-> Other Channels (6) on STB / (8) on Sky+
-> ���53591? should be listed and available