Sheffield TV channel plan is praised

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A TELEVISION channel for Sheffield would take the city’s creative industries to a ‘new level’, a public consultation heard.

Sheffield is one of 21 locations included in a phase of local television licensing by Ofcom and a formal application must be made this month by the city’s local television consortium.

Simon Green, the city council’s executive director for place, said the creative industries contributed £1 billion of turnover to the city region’s economy.

The opportunity for a new channel was ‘hugely exciting’ and would take the creative industries to a ‘new level’.

Sheffield Local Television organised the event, which also included programming ideas and interim results from a city survey which so far has found 86 per cent of people believe Sheffield should have its own station.

The consortium says the channel would ‘showcase Sheffield’s rich and dynamic local heritage and current environment’.