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Here's how PalTV came to be...

January 2021
James Tillotson dreams up the vision for a forward-thinking, modern media organisation in Durham.

He establishes PalTV.
February 2021
With the limitations of the pandemic and working in partnership with established student newspaper Palatinate. The foundations of the station are laid, ready to bring on a larger team.
April 2021
A successful first recruitment drive sees over 160 applications. After weeks of interviews 75 students join the station.

Many of the students who joined either worked at PalTV until they graduated or are still with us today!

May 2021
With students able to return to the university, PalTV’s initial set of projects set out a blueprint for the content to come.

These include reports about the incremental easing of social distancing measures, but branch into coverage of events like DUCFS, vox pops and an investigation into the challenges faced by the many international students who were still unable to return to Durham.

Content is broadcast across Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

September 2021
After the summer break, The PalTV team begins its pioneering mentorship scheme.

These include a program of workshops and shadowing opportunities, to train students with no prior experience to take on roles in areas like presenting, producing, editing and more.

This leads to a nomination for the Bright Network Impact on Campus Award in November for "going above and beyond to support … members and the wider university to achieve success, in terms of careers and development of new skills and personal growth”.

This ethos remains fundamental to our operations today.

“PalTV’s mentorship programme revolutionised my plans for the future and made me realise that a career in journalism was for me. Doing the mentorship programme gave me confidence in areas from presenting to production. Since graduating from the scheme I’ve held 4 different positions within PalTV and I’ve loved every minute of working with our amazing team.”

Lucy (Head of News), Graduate of PalTV's Mentorship Scheme

December 2021
As Michaelmas term progresses, PalTV’s output increases dramatically, with content released almost every week. National news starts to pick up PalTV reportage.

There is coverage of some of the biggest news stories of the term. Including, the surge in spiking at Durham nightclubs and the dramatic fallout following Rod Liddle’s controversial speech at a South College formal, where PalTV was first on the scene.

This is in addition to features about Lumiere – the UK’s largest light festival. By December the station reaches 1K followers on Instagram.

What happened at the South College formal? 

March 2022
PalTV wins Broadcaster of the Year at the National association of Student TV Awards (NaSTA's) in under a year since being founded.

PalTV also took home 5 other awards in categories from sports to technical innovation.
Epiphany term also sees PalTV produce its first sports livestreams, broadcasting the inter-college football at the Floodlit Finals and the boxing at Aggression Sessions to thousands of viewers.
May 2022
Easter Term starts with exam season, but PalTV continues to create exciting content.

This includes filming an exclusive interview with the former President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale and a guide to Durham for incoming students.

June 2022
PalTV serves as the official broadcaster for both days of the Durham Regatta.

"PalTV's regatta coverage represents one of the most ambitious livestreams undertaken by a student broadcaster in the UK so far. Both days feature commentary, competitions, interviews and creative segments receiving over 10K views."

Christian, Head of Marketing & Publicity (2022)

October 2022
24/7 broadcast begins at the station with the completion of 'DAVID', PalTV's custom built system. Showing archival content, live broadcasts and enabling 'event viewing' for PalTV's big shows.

"Our livestream uses a powerful streaming and rendering server, which is capable of broadcasting 1080p and live content. We also use professional and enterprise consumer software, alongside proprietary software which was written exclusively for PalTV."

Chris Ray (Head of Broadcasting) 2023

November 2022
PalTV's first longform show 'Palatidates' launches with viral reception. The trailer gains over 315k views on TikTok alone. During it's first showing on PalTV's 24/7 broadcast an estimated audience of over 400 tuned in to watch.

"Palatidates has genuinely had a cultural impact on Durham, I still hear strangers talking about it when I'm out and about"

Palatidates Producer

December 2022
The first projects from PalTV's trailblazing foreign correspondent program, PalTV Global, begin to be released. Launched over the summer the global team has coverage across 13 countries, all by Durham students on years abroad.

"We capitalised upon PalTV’s remote operation experience built during the pandemic to teach Foreign Correspondents (FCs) how to make high quality content using just their mobile phones. In some cities, we benefit from multiple FCs who can pool resources and work together in mobile teams, whereas in other cities, we only have a single FC working independently. The common, enabling factor for the Foreign Correspondent programme is the extensive support provided by remote producers and editors, who all work together as part of a cohesive team to deliver content."

Rahim Hussain (Head of Foreign Correspondency) 2023

Today, 2023.
James, after two years at the helm of PalTV, moves to the board of directors.

Dylan Rana is elected as the new Head of PalTV.

That's our story so far. It's up to you to write the next chapter.