YSTV Timeline

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  • 1970 - Still only in B&W with five monitors - Alcuin, Derwent, Langwith, Goodricke and Vanbrugh, transmitted from studios in Physics labs.


  • 20th October 1986 - inaugural YSTV colour broadcast. At this time YSTV could only be watched on seven screens - one in each of Alcuin, Derwent, Langwith, Goodricke, Physics, Vanbrugh, Wentworth. The University's CCTV network was a video and audio over twisted pair which required special monitors.
  • January 1988 - YSTV Breaks the World Record for the longest continuous broadcast by 1 director (Keith Hide-Smith) and earns a place in the Guinness Book of Records with Breaker 88.


  • June 1993 - YSTV loses its studio in Physics and is left homeless - start of the Interregnum.
  • 29th October 1994 - YSTV's Goodricke Studio opened by Greg Dyke.
  • April 1996 - contingent from YSTV attend NaSTA 1996 at UEA
  • 5th April 1996 - YSTV featured on Planet 24's Hotel Babylon programme.
  • April 1997 - YSTV hosts the National Student Television Association (NaSTA) Conference.
  • 21st November 1997 - YSTV 30 - featured on Tyne Tees News.
  • 10th July 1998 - YSTV goes digital with the purchase of the Media100qx Editing System.
  • September 1998 - YSTV begins a network improvement program.


  • January 2000 - YSTV produces a programme for BBC Choice titled The Making of Bulletin.
  • June 2000 - YSTV appeared on Channel 4's Big Breakfast, competing for a chance to make a 90 second programme live on air.
  • January 2001 - YSTV received new camera and editing equipment as part of a deal with Einstein TV
  • May 2001 - the constitution was reorganised, creating the present team-based structure.
  • January 2002 - the Einstein TV deal fell apart and the new gear was taken back by the company.
  • April 2002 - YSTV hosts the NaSTA conference.
  • May 2002 - YSTV buys a 3CCD miniDV camera (a Panasonic NVGS300) to replace the Einstein equipment.
  • 21st November 2002 - YSTV 35 - low-key celebrations of another anniversary.
  • 6th October 2003 - YSTV commences broadcasting programmes from a video server.
  • 10th October 2004 - YSTV's live stream is viewable from student bedrooms, and programmes on demand world wide.
  • 26th May 2005 - Greg Dyke returns to the studio he opened a decade previously for an in-depth interview.
  • 13th January 2006 - YSTV Webstream Launch show. The web stream now goes out to the whole world!
  • 31st March - 2nd April 2006 - YSTV jointly hosts the NaSTA conference with ls:tv in Leeds.
  • 19th February - The YSTV history wiki is founded, to keep track of YSTV's past for future members.
  • 30th June 2007 - YSTV celebrated 40 years with a special birthday dinner and event for members past and present.
  • 17th November 2007 - YSTV celebrated 40 years on air with a live four-hour programme.
  • December 2008 - YSTV is awarded a grant from the Alumni Fund to purchase 3 new studio cameras, Sony HVR-HD1000Es.
  • October 2009 - Goodricke College is officially relocated to the new Heslington East campus. Although still in the same location as before, YSTV is now part of James College.
  • 9th April 2011 - YSTV named second Best Broadcaster and awarded the technical achievement award at the NaSTA Awards 2011 in Loughborough.



  • 1 February 2020 - YSTV do a report on the first Coronavirus case in the UK, who happens to be University of York student.
  • 12 March 2020 - The Baby Shark Party was the last social before the first COVID-19 lockdown.


  • 23 March 2020 - YSTV had to go remote due to COVID-19. Quarantine Weekly ran for 10 weeks as an initial answer to maintaining content. No in-person activity was able to resume for the remainder of the academic year.
  • September 2020 - By the time the new academic year started there had been a loosening and then slow retightening of COVID-19 restrictions. By the start of term, you were able to meet both indoors and outdoors in groups of 6. YSTV developed a Covid policy to enable the studio to remain accessible to members for accessing kit and editing. This involved a digital sign-in system and a one-way system.
  • 21 September 2020 - YUSU open a temporary outdoor bar The Forest on Vanbrugh Bowl.
  • 17 October 2020 - NaSTA 2020 finally takes place, but online.
  • 5 November 2020 - A second lockdown in the UK begins, YSTV is forced almost entirely online. Studio access is negotiated so that it can be accessed one at a time and in-line with restrictions, some amount of filming continues to take place with 2 members at a time outdoors where possible.
  • 21 November 2020 - YSTV on the Rocks, YSTV's fully online studio show is launched.
  • 13 March 2021 - YSTV hosts YUSU Elections 2021 completely online.
  • 30 April - 2 May 2021 - YSTV and LA1:TV work on a hybrid version of Roses known as Roses Unlocked.
  • 12 June 2021 - YSTV Wins Student Group of the Year at the Love York Awards for all their hard work on adapting to the challenges posed by Covid-19 and supporting YUSU through virtual events.

Return to In-Person Activity

  • September 2021 - YSTV returns to regular in-person activity with no restrictions.
  • 1 - 3 April 2022 - YSTV hosts NaSTA 2022 in York and wins Bronze for Best Broadcaster.
  • 6 April 2022 - YSTV premiere the multi award winning Fit For Another World - The Legacy of Anne Lister at the Anne Lister Birthday Weekend in Halifax alongside a BBC documentary.
  • 29 April - 1 May 2022 - YSTV has its most successful Roses broadcast in recent memory, Roses 2022.
  • 18 - 20 November 2022 - YSTV celebrates its 55th Anniversary inviting alumni back and broadcasting a 48 hour livestream.
  • 13 January 2023 - YSTV Live is launched