THE winner of the race to run Liverpool’s new local television station said the hard work of getting the channel on air has only just begun.
Regulator Ofcom said yesterday that Liverpool Innovation Park-based internet TV service Bay TV Liverpool had beaten four rival bids to secure the licence.
The channel will be broadcast to 890,000 homes in and around Liverpool on Freeview Channel 8 and on Sky and Virgin TV.
Bay TV will work with local organisations including Edge Hill University and hi-tech firm AIMES Grid Services.
The Bay team is set to include former Liverpool FC captain Robbie Fowler, radio personality and ECHO columnist Pete Price and veteran broadcaster Liam Fogarty.
Bay TV Liverpool’s chairman Jack Stopforth, a former chief executive of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, said: “The hard work is just beginning and we can’t wait to get started.
He added: “This city has always been a fantastic source of news and Scousers have a huge appetite for supporting and promoting their city.
“We have to channel that and capitalise on it.”
The other bidders were YourTV Liverpool, Made Television, Metro8Liverpool and Phil Redmond’s Our-TV consortium.