A Midlands daily newspaper is set to be involved in launching a local TV channel for its city.
The partnership was announced as the successful applicant to run a local TV service in Nottingham by media regulator Ofcom today.
Journalists at the title could be involved with the new channel and the advertising team for the channel will be based at the offices of the Northcliffe-owned daily.
The Post, whose publisher Steve Hollingsworth is one of the directors of Notts TV Ltd, is the latest regional title to become involved with local TV.
Students from Nottingham Trent University’s journalism courses could also gain experience with the city’s channel, as its news team will be based at the university, which has its own studios.
The new channel aims to launch on 1 April 2014 and will broadcast local news and other programmes seven days a week – from 4pm until midnight for the first six months, then from 7am until midnight.
The application to run the Nottingham TV channel said: “Our vision is to produce quality content that is directly relevant to the people of Nottingham. We aim to cover local news, and produce a broad range of general programmes.
“Notts TV will reflect the fact that Nottingham is a vibrant city, with a busy news agenda, and a rapidly growing creative sector.
“We will adopt a Public/Private Partnership approach, involving a network of local public, private and community organisations.
“We will avoid unnecessary costs; but at the same time ensure that the service meets high production standards. And we will make extensive use of the consortium’s existing studios, facilities and resources.”
The licences have been awarded as part of the first phase of the government’s plans to roll out local TV across the UK, with further successful applications set to be announced this autumn.