Latest UK local TV station goes live
| 27 May 2014
Undeterred by the travails of the companies who have begun operating, Notts TV has become the latest in the UK's local TV stations.
The brainchild of former UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the local TV programme was set up by the Conservative-led coalition government as an alternative in an industry that it regards as having a metropolitan bias. The much-delayed project has suffered a number of embarrassments since being proposed in 2010 with delays in franchise holders launching and some having to merge, problems at infrastructure provider Comux and not least the whole project's general financial viability always being questioned.
Despite all of this, Notts TV — a consortium comprising the Nottingham Post, Nottingham Trent University, Confetti Media Group and Inclusive Digital—has come to market transmitted on the UK's Freeview DTT platform seven days a week initially 4pm to midnight, and then from earlier in the day as more programming becomes available.
Content will be produced by a dedicated team set up to run the channel, by the Notts TV consortium companies, and by local producers. The station assures that it will produce quality content that is directly relevant to the people who live, work and study in Nottingham and surrounding areas offering local news and produces an ambitious range of general programmes encompassing politics, business, sport, consumer news, the arts, weather and travel.
News will be produced by a team of Notts TV video journalists, will broadcast from a studio at Nottingham Trent University, and will have news headlines and interviews from the Nottingham Post newsroom.