A long term ambition has been realised today as Ofcom has announced that York is to be awarded a licence to host its own TV channel.
SCY is part of the consortium of regional partners led by One&Other TV that submitted the bid and will now help deliver the York channel. The channel will feature original news, current affairs, entertainment, heritage and culture programming created in and around York.
SCY performed the initial research and developed the first business model for a York TV channel which was then built upon by the consortium to create the winning bid.
Here One&Other tell us more about the new York TV Channel:
York is to have its own TV channel, following the award of a L-DTPS licence to a One&Other TV consortium consisting of leading local institutions.
The award by Ofcom, announced at 10am this morning, means that approximately 100,000 households in the York area will be able to tune in daily to Channel 8 on Freeview to watch original news, current affairs, entertainment, heritage and culture programming created for, and in, York and its surrounding areas. The channel is expecting to create 12-15 new jobs initially. It is also looking to work with local independent producers.
Partners in the channel, which has a working title of The York Channel, include University of York, York St John University, SCY, Visit York, City of York Council, Yorkshire Film Archive, NVG. Clare Morrow, current Chair of Welcome to Yorkshire and former Controller of News and Programmes at ITV Yorkshire, is to provide Chairmanship. Setup as a Community Interest Company, licence-holders One&Other TV will ensure the channel has the interests of the local community at its heart and will invest in the training of the next generation of digital content producers.
The University of York and University of York St John will provide technical studio infrastructure until the channels own offices and TV studios are built.
The earliest on air date for The York Channel is the Friday 31 October 2014 and at the latest by Friday 30 January 2015.
Ofcom has now awarded 23 local TV licences, as well as the multiplex licence.