YourTV appoints former BBC chairman to run Brum bid

Great news for YourTV Birmingham – a man who understands TV and really knows Brum.

Sir Michael Lyons has been appointed chairman of YourTV Ltd, one of the main contenders to win a local television licence to broadcast in Birmingham later this year. Sir Michael, who was knighted for his services to local government, was chairman of the BBC Trust for four years until he handed over to Lord Patten last year.

He was Chief Executive of three major local authorities over a period of 17 years, of which seven were with Birmingham City Council.

Sir Michael also chairs the regeneration company,, The English Cities Fund and social innovators Participle Ltd. He has a number of other board and advisory roles. He led the Lyons Inquiry into local government which recommended greater devolution within England.

He said:

“I have a long standing commitment to any measures which improve the quality of life and economic strength of our regional cities. We also know that audiences want more high quality local content. I’m confident local TV can play an important part on both fronts.

“YourTV is an extremely professional outfit with great ideas, overwhelming enthusiasm and the right mix of talent and experience. Its plans are well developed and I am very pleased to be joining.”


Share this article:

You may also like: