Notts TV celebrated its first birthday on Wednesday 27 May 2015. Inclusive Digital is part of the consortium that owns and operates the channel. The company played a key role in putting together the application for the Freview licence; it continues to be involved in the management of the channel through the Notts TV Board; and it has produced two series of documentaries and history programmes for the channel.
Here is an excerpt from the Notts TV press release:
First anniversary for Notts TV
Launched on the 27th of May 2014 on Freeview Channel 8 and Virgin 159 as the dedicated local TV service for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Notts TV is celebrating a year on air as part of a growing national network of Local TV channels.
After a high profile launch in May 2014 which saw Notts TV nominated for an RTS innovation award, the Channel has achieved positive viewer engagement. According to audience research carried out for the channel, weekly reach has grown from 18.5% in summer 2014 to 23.5% in April 2015*.
Chair of the Notts TV Board and Notts TV consortium member Craig Chettle comments: “One year on air is an achievement worth celebrating. Notts TV is still in its infancy - but set up is over and we are now entering its growth phase. As a consortium, we feel that is worth celebrating”.
Nottingham’s ice dancing legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean appeared in Notts TV’s first programme Mass Bolero, which saw people from all walks of life recreating the famous dance. Christopher Dean comments: “Jayne and I congratulate Notts TV on its first birthday. We were proud to have played a part in its launch, we tune in when we are in Nottingham, and we look forward to it reaching its next milestone”.
Notts TV is currently available to TV viewers with Freeview and Virgin and will be on SKY 117 from July. Its On Demand service can be found on www.nottstv.com
The Notts TV consortium is: The Confetti Media Group www.confettimediagroup.com, Nottingham Trent University www.ntu.ac.uk, and Inclusive Digital www.inclusivedigital.tv, and the Nottingham Post Media Group www.nottinghampost.com
*Source JRA/GEM – sample size 800/2700.