Launching in 2014, Notts TV has become an integral part of the local media landscape – considered an unusual and bold part of the furniture, like their blue duck-shaped armchair many people soon grew to love.
Broadcasting on Freeview channel 7, and Virgin 159, last year was full of stand-out moments for the channel. Its flagship daily live programme, Notts Tonight, was relaunched and moved to a new studio at the Antenna building on Beck Street in the city.
In November the channel ceased broadcasting on Sky in favour of appearing on TVPlayer – a free live online TV streaming service available as an app on mobile phones, tablets, and TV sticks. This allowed them to invest in new programmes, including local history show Rediscovering Notts and a new series of music magazine Noise Floor.
December was the defining moment as the channel won its first two Midlands Royal Television Society awards, taking its record since launching to 15 nominations and two wins – among the best across the 34 channels in the UK’s local TV network.
“Our biggest and strongest benefit to our audience is that we’re still independent – we’re not owned by a big national corporation or media conglomerate,” says channel presenter and head of creative Iain Chambers.
“We’re still run and owned entirely by people who live in, work in and love Nottingham. That’s what we’re about and why our slogan is ‘Championing Notts’. We’re here to celebrate the city in a fun and informative way.”
The channel is supported by Confetti Media Group at Nottingham Trent University.
One standout moment for Iain in 2017 came in July, when Notts TV covered the final fight of 61-year-old Steve Ward, the Mansfield boxer who holds the world record for being the world’s oldest active professional fighter. He stepped into the ring for the last time in Mansfield, performing bravely in a loss to German Andreas Sidon, 54.
“We’ve followed Steve’s career for the last two years,” Iain added.
“So to see the culmination of more than 50 years of a local man’s sporting life, was really special. It was a great local story with national interest, and a really proud moment.”
Besides broadcasting the fight live on Facebook, the channel also produced a documentary on Steve, The World’s Oldest Boxer: The Final Bell.
This year already sees the channel planning a refresh of Notts Tonight, more episodes of Rediscovering Notts, and is promising even bigger guests and shows on its regular football programme Team Talk and sport magazine Sports Week.
More entirely new programmes are expected later in the year and there will be more digital innovations for the 50,000 people following Notts TV across social media.
“We want to carry on covering ground that no-one has ever done before, doing it day in and day out, exclusively for local people in Nottinghamshire,” said Iain.
“We’ll continue to be a platform for emerging talent, from student journalists to budding filmmakers.
“And if you’re one of the few people who have still not switched us on, come and see a fresh approach to TV which covers news, sport, local interest and conversation relevant to Nottinghamshire life.”
Head to nottstv.com for Nottingham sport, local interest and news.