STV wins licence to launch Glasgows first local TV station with GCU

11 January 2013

The new Glasgow channel will be broadcast on Freeview

The new Glasgow channel will be broadcast on Freeview

STV have won the licence to deliver Glasgow’s first local television station in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

GTV, which will be broadcast through Freeview, is the first of a new generation of local broadcasting services to be awarded in Scotland by media regulator Ofcom.

STV and GCU will work together to deliver peak time content, news and current affairs programming, as well as magazine-style shows for Glasgow viewers.

Students on GCU’s industry-leading undergraduate and postgraduate Multimedia Journalism courses will now have extended access to work experience opportunities for primetime broadcasts at GTV.

Professor Pamela Gillies, GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said: “I am delighted the bid has been successful. GCU is ideally positioned to engage in this partnership, given the strength of our highly-acclaimed undergraduate and postgraduate Multimedia Journalism programmes.

“We have always placed great emphasis on employability and the launch of GTV will give our talented and committed students and graduates even more of a head start.”

Julian Calvert, Media and Journalism Subject Leader at GCU, said: “We have been working closely with STV for a number of years and this is a fantastic extra opportunity for our students to engage with such a high profile broadcaster. 

“The STV bid placed a lot of emphasis on enabling local communities to make their voices heard on the city’s television in a way which has never happened before, and the type of programming that is being planned further enhances the University’s reputation for community engagement and reflects GCU’s commitment to the common good.”

Bobby Hain, Director of Channels at STV, said: “STV is delighted to have been awarded the Local TV licences for Glasgow and Edinburgh. The two services, GTV and ETV, will be delivered in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University and Edinburgh Napier University.

“GTV and ETV will provide an innovative television service to the communities they serve, complementing STV’s existing broadcast, online and mobile services. These new ventures will also provide media students with opportunities to work and learn in a live broadcast environment.”

“We’re excited to be working with GCU to offer informative content that focuses on relevant, community news. Engaging with local communities is at the heart of GTV.”

GCU is unique in Scotland in that both its undergraduate and postgraduate Multimedia Journalism programmes have twin accreditation from the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). GCU’s BA Media and Communication course is one of the longest running and most highly regarded in Scotland. 

There has been continual investment in industry-standard equipment and facilities at GCU, including the state-of-the art HD TV studio and gallery, and an additional radio studio which was completed in September.