Nottingham Trent University is part of a consortium that has been given a licence to run a new local TV station in Nottingham.
Local television is an imitative spearheaded by former Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, with Nottingham becoming one of the first six cities in the country to be awarded licenses.
Industry regulator Ofcom received 57 bids for 12-year licences to run local TV services in 21 cities and towns across the UK.
Notts TV will launch in spring 2014, broadcasting seven days a week to residents of the Greater Nottingham area on Freeview. There will be a range of local news, current affairs and quality programmes, with the aim to have 48 minutes of programming and 12 minutes of advertising and promotions per hour.
It will be run by a consortium that also includes the Nottingham Post Media Group, Confetti Media Group and Inclusive Digital, combining news and broadcast experience of journalists from the Post Group and students from NTU and Confetti. The managing editor of Notts TV will be former BBC News correspondent and NTU Journalism lecturer Rob Pittam.
“We’re very proud to be part of a consortium which will work closely with the local community to create a TV station that best serves their needs,” said NTU vice-chancellor Professor Neil Gorman. “Our involvement also provides opportunities for our students to offer their skills while gaining valuable experience in producing high-quality programming.”
Simon Paice – News Editor