York Student Television

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York Student Television
YSTV Logo.png
Launched 21 November 1967 (1967-11-21)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Affiliates University of York
Sister channel(s) URY (radio)
Website ystv.co.uk
Streaming media
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York Student Television (abbreviated YSTV) is England’s oldest student television station. Founded in 1967, the station is based at the University of York, with its studio in James College. YSTV once held the world record for longest continuous television broadcast under a single director,[1] and is a member of the National Student Television Association (NaSTA). YSTV creates and produces a wide range of shows, both independently and in collaboration with other university societies.

Current shows include Tea Time Chat, a weekly chat and politics show; YorKitchen, a cookery series; YSTV Sessions, a live lounge style show; various live coverage of on and off-campus events including extensive broadcasting of Roses 2017, and irregular reports on cultural events under the umbrella of YSTV Reports.[2]


Keith Hide-Smith broadcasts on YSTV, October 1985.

YSTV first broadcast on 21 November 1967, from the university’s Chemistry department.[3] At the start of the 2004/05 academic year on 10 October 2004, the station started to broadcast live on the campus intranet to student bedrooms, with on demand content available worldwide.[4] On 13 January 2006, the station opened up its live stream to the whole world, releasing their content under a Creative Commons license.[5][6] The station celebrated its 45th birthday in November 2012, and will celebrate its 50th in November 2017.[4]

Notable events[edit]

  • October 1967 – First society stall recruiting members for University of York Tele-Film Productions.
  • 21 November 1967 – inaugural YSTV broadcast from the Chemistry department.[3]
  • 1969 – Germaine Greer and Frank Muir make contributions.[4]
  • 20 October 1986 – inaugural colour broadcast. At this time YSTV could only be watched on seven screens – one in each university college.
  • January 1988 – YSTV breaks the world record for the longest continuous television broadcast by a single director (Keith Hide-Smith) and earns a place in the Guinness Book of Records with Breaker 88.[1]
  • 29 October 1994 – YSTV's G/046 Goodricke Studio opened by Greg Dyke after the threat of closure by the University.[7]
  • January 2000 – YSTV produces a programme for BBC Choice titled The Making of Bulletin.[8]
  • June 2000 – YSTV appeared on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, competing for a chance to make a 90-second programme live on air.
  • 26 May 2005 – Greg Dyke returns to the studio he opened a decade previously for an in-depth interview.
  • 13 January 2006 - YSTV transitions to broadcasting both live and pre-recorded content online.
  • 17 November 2007 – YSTV celebrates 40 years on air with a four-hour live programme.[4]
  • October 2009 – Goodricke College is relocated to the new Heslington East campus. Although still in the same location as before, YSTV is now part of James College.
  • February 2011 - YSTV becomes the first station to broadcast in 3D.[9]
  • April 2011 – YSTV named second Best Broadcaster and awarded Best Technical Achievement at the National Student Television Association (NaSTA) Awards.[10][11]
  • April 2012 – YSTV wins Best Broadcaster at the NaSTA Awards, as well as Best Female and Highly Commended Light Entertainment.[12]
  • April 2014 – YSTV regains title of Best Broadcaster at the NaSTA Awards, as well as retaining Best Technical Achievement from 2013, and well as Highly Commended in the Factual category for 'Lights on Literature'.[13]
  • April 2015 - YSTV wins Highly Commended Technical Achievement for 'Autocue'.
  • April 2016 - YSTV wins Best Documentary at the NaSTA Awards for 'Lights on Literature'
The old YSTV Studio in Physics
The old YSTV studio in the Physics department 
YSTV's Control Room in James College, 2011
YSTV's Control Room in James College, 2011 
The Control Room at Woodstock 2011
The Control Room at Woodstock 2011 
Filming Checkmate in the Yorkshire countryside, summer 2011
Filming Checkmate in the Yorkshire countryside, summer 2011 


  1. ^ a b McWhirter, Norris (1990). Guinness Book of World Records. p. 233. 
  2. ^ YSTV Current Productions
  3. ^ a b Dowdney, Mark (22 November 1967). "York TV students take to the air". The Northern Echo. p. 7. 
  4. ^ a b c d "YSTV Timeline". YSTV. 14 February 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "YSTV goes worldwide". BBC Yorkshire. 5 January 2006. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Internet Stream Launch". YSTV. 10 December 2005. Archived from the original on 10 September 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  7. ^ 'Letter from Greg Dyke to YSTV'. Held in the YSTV Archives.
  8. ^ http://ystv.co.uk/watch/YSTVArchives/making-of-Bulletin/
  9. ^ "YSTV 3D". YSTV. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Clark, Andy (10 May 2011). "NaSTA Best Broadcaster 2011". National Student Television Awards Loughborough 2011. NaSTA. Archived from the original on 27 June 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  11. ^ Clark, Andy (6 May 2011). "NaSTA Best Technical Achievement 2011". National Student Television Awards Loughborough 2011. NaSTA. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "NaSTA 2012". National Student Television Awards Nottingham 2012. NaSTA. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "NaSTA 2014". National Student Television Awards Loughborough 2014. NaSTA. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 

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