20th February 2006




ITV Yorkshire has become the latest organisation to move into Sparkhouse Studios, the University of Lincoln’s creative industries incubation centre.


ITV Yorkshire joins a cluster of digital media businesses in the incubator, which opened on Lincoln’s Ropewalk in 2003 to provide office space and support for creative and media business start-ups.


The new ITV Yorkshire office will be the base for the reporting team which covers the Lincolnshire area for the daily regional news magazine programme ‘Calendar’.


Commenting on the new base in Lincoln, ITV Yorkshire Managing Director David Croft said: “I am very pleased that we have found these excellent new facilities in Lincoln which suit the needs of a modern newsgathering organisation.


“ITV Yorkshire is pleased to be part of a growing digital media cluster based in the creative environment of Sparkhouse Studios.


“Our ’Calendar’ team is committed to covering stories from right across Lincolnshire and new technology is helping to bring viewers news of what’s happening in their area ever more quickly.”


Andrew Stevenson, manager of Sparkhouse Studios, commented: “We are delighted to welcome ITV Yorkshire to Sparkhouse Studios as an anchor tenant.


“The presence of such an experienced media company will add value and will benefit all our tenants.


“We fully expect that ITV Yorkshire will contribute to the centre in many ways, for example by forging links with the university and by sharing their expertise with other tenant companies.”


Note to editors: ITV Yorkshire’s Lincoln office was previously on Bailgate. The new Lincoln office can be contacted on 01522 837235.


For more information on this press release contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager, University of Lincoln

01522 886042                                     jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

For more information on ITV Yorkshire contact:

Jo Gough, Regional Affairs Assistant, ITV Yorkshire

0113 222 8373                                    jo.gough@itv.com