The new TV channel aiming to start broadcasts in York next spring apparently still has no name.
A “competition” – offering a £1000 prize – to find a name ran on “Twitter” until 27th June.
With a similar project in Birmingham having recently been abandoned there is now some speculation about the future of the York channel.
There was some suggestion that the company could be based at the Guildhall but it now appears that the new channel will be located initially at the University’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television.
The station enjoyed the ringing endorsement of Council Leader James Alexander last November when it was awarded a license to broadcast on a “freeview” channel.
Station publicity said, “Launching in spring 2015, York’s new television channel will provide original and exclusive news, current affairs, entertainment, heritage, business and culture programming about York and the local area.
It follows the award of a 12-year L-DTPS license to broadcast on Freeview channel 8 by Ofcom to a consortium of leading local institutions including One&Other TV, University of York, York St John University, SCY, Visit York, York CVS, City of York Council, Yorkshire Film Archive in November 2013.
The channel is expecting to create 12-15 new jobs initially”
NB. Science City – which was involved with the station – has recently been taken over by the City of York Council reviving some concerns about the impartiality of any affected media outlets.
A report on the future of the Guildhall is scheduled to be considered at the Council’s Cabinet meeting on 7th October 2014