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More trouble for Local TV plan as station founder quits

The government’s flagship project to bring local television to cities across the UK has run into further teething troubles.

Stuart Goulden, one of the directors of York’s TV station earmarked for an autumn launch, has left the business, citing “creative differences.”

His departure comes days after administrators in Birmingham were called in to wrap up City TV – handed out by Ofcom under former Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s imaginative licences’ plan for Britain.

Stuart quit the publishing arm of digital brand One&Other to launch one of the country’s 30 television channels in February last year.

He said he had planned to employ a team of 15 who, with the experienced board, would fulfil its day-to-day broadcasting obligations with York’s best interests at heart.

“Although my exit happened sooner than planned, the business is in excellent health with all the funding in place, the strong support of local partners and a bank of original, high-quality programming,” he added.

The race is now on to find a new licence holder in Birmingham – with leading contenders Made TV, already gearing up to launch in six areas in the UK, fronted by former That’s Life presenter and ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen.

Last month London Live, which is owned by London Evening Standard publisher Evgeny Lebedev, asked Ofcom to slash the amount of local programming it produces just four months after launching.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 8:24 am
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    Isn’t the leading contender in Birmingham being fronted by former That’s Life presenter and Childline founder Esther Rantzen?

    I had heard the leading contender in Birmingham is being fronted by former That’s Life presenter and Childline founder Esther Rantzen but could not remember if it was true.

    If it is being fronted by former That’s Life presenter and Childline founder Esther Rantzen that would certainly make it a leading contender.

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