W8 For It

A NEW Freeview channel is set to hit television screens in York by spring 2015.

Last year, Ofcom awarded local media brand One&Other with a 12 year licence to broadcast on Freeview channel 8. Up to 300,000 households and hotels will be able to tune into the channel and view content exclusive to York.

Managing Director and founder of One&Other, Stuart Goulden, described the channel as “great news for the city”. He explained that the content of the channel would be “original, daily programming about life in the city” and will allow people to “have their say on important local issues.”

Based at the University of York, although not run by the university, the channel will create new jobs, as well as providing a great opportunity for Theatre, Film and Television students.

Currently York’s new TV channel is known as The York Channel; however a campaign has been launched to find the channel a new and unique name.

According to the channel’s website, entries should be creative, fresh and relevant to York, and submitted before 5pm on 27 June 2014.

The successful entrant will receive a prize of £1000, as well as the opportunity to work on the channel’s branding. To find out more, or to enter the competition, visit www.myyorkchannel.com.