shutterstock_128550728Edge Hill University’s media students will be on hand to help operate Liverpool’s new local television station as part of an ambitious new partnership.

The licence to run the regional operation was recently awarded to Bay TV Liverpool, a company that has been operating an internet-based TV service since November 2011, and which pledged to work with local organisations including Edge Hill University as part of its offer.

An integral part of its bid was that Edge Hill studios would be used for recording programmes for broadcast.  Media students at the University will also contribute work to the station and will benefit from student placements and internships.

Students will help cover every aspect of community life for the new Freeview channel, which is expected to reach 890,000 homes and is set to go on air before the end of the year.

The exciting move will also coincide with the opening of the innovative £17m Creative Edge development, a proposed state-of-the-art building that will provide high-spec suites of industry-standard facilities for Media, Film, Animation, Advertising and Computing students at Edge Hill.

Professor George Talbot, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Arts and Sciences, said: “This partnership represents a tremendous opportunity for our students as well as the wider community. We are fortunate to already enjoy a strong relationship with Bay TV and, as an institution with a strong track record of producing excellent media students who go on to secure some of the best graduate jobs in the film and TV industry, we are delighted to now be a part of this exciting new TV channel for Liverpool.

“We’re investing heavily in providing top quality learning and teaching facilities on campus. The opening of Creative Edge will ensure that the University’s media students and local partners such as Bay TV have access to facilities on a par with those at BBC’s MediaCityUK.”

The Creative Edge development will accommodate several of the University’s employment partners, including Bay TV, providing a dedicated space on campus for businesses who wish to recruit students for internships and forge links with academic staff through research and consultancy projects.

Bay TV Liverpool chief executive Chris Johnson said: “We are thrilled to have won the licence. A key part of our bid was our commitment to work with Edge Hill University and build a hub of students to help us cover news in areas that we’d find more difficult to reach from our own base, such as West Lancashire and Wigan.  There will be plenty of opportunities for students to get involved and it’s an exciting time to be a part of this new development. It’s a win-win situation as the geographical benefits of the University, coupled with its first-class facilities and a strong reputation within the industry provides us with a great offering and we’re looking forward to working together.

“With the new licence we will soon be on Channel 8 on Freeview and we are 100% committed to providing a station the people of Liverpool and surrounding areas can really call their own.”