Rival groups bidding to run Sheffield TV station

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THREE bidders have submitted proposals to run Sheffield’s first dedicated television station including two locally-based consortia and a Canadian broadcaster.

Regulator Ofcom is now considering the applications and is due to make its decision in the autumn.

Former Star Editor Alan Powell is heading one of the groups, YourTV Sheffield.

He said: “What an enticing prospect this is for the city.

“For too long we have played second fiddle in regional TV. Now we have the opportunity to be at the forefront of one of the most exciting and innovative media projects which will be genuinely local.”

He added: “YourTV Sheffield is already being supported across the city and now we eagerly await the outcome of our bid.”

Mr Powell, who said his group involves a number of Sheffield business people, said that YourTV Sheffield is planning to offer an output of largely news and information, and that ‘accessibility for members of the public’ is a cornerstone of the planned content.

YourTV Sheffield is part of a larger group called YourTV, which has applied for eight licences around the UK.

Meanwhile, another application has been made by Sheffield Local Television, which will call the station SLTV - Sheffield Live.

SLTV chairman Alan Buckley, chairman of Sheffield Live Community Radio, said: “We would involve the universities, Sheffield College, private and third-sector organisations.

“We would also work with the South Yorkshire Film Makers’ Network and broadcast archive material from over the last century. The focus would be local programming, with four to five hours of new output each day.”

The third bid - Metro8 - has been made by Canadian broadcaster Channel Zero, which specialises in community programming.

For information about each of the bids log onto www.thisisyourtvsheffield.co.uk, www.sheffieldlocaltv.co.uk and www.metro8.co.uk.