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.



  • 2020 - YSTV had to go remote due to COVID-19.