Friday, February 6, 2015

Eight wait

Fans of the punctilious former BBC chairman Sir Michael Lyons will enjoy following the developing saga of YourTV Manchester.

Sir Michael's YourTV group won the local tv franchise on 5th February 2013, with an Ofcom stricture that they would be on the air within two years. So far, all we can see is a Twitter account linking to other people's Manchester content, with 412 followers.

If launch was just around the corner, you'd expect a little publicity - the last press release from YourTV came in August 2013. In August 2014, YourTV MD Nick Wheeler, formerly of Radio Solent, LBC, IRN and ITN, talked about the imminent hiring of  50 people, but the only ad I can find is a 2013 general invitation to Manchester University students who think they might be presenters.

Viewers looking forward to the promised schedule of Pet Clinic, The Wedding Show and Pub Quiz Challenge may have to wait a little longer. YourTV have until 1st March to launch their other franchise, for Blackpool/Preston.

In Birmingham, where the first franchise winners BLTV imploded without broadcasting, new holders Big Centre TV say they'll be on air on February 28 - three months after getting their chance.

  • Sir Michael's business skills have won him a non-executive seat on the board of Redrow the builders. 

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