About ten years both theLiverpool based micro TV stations folded. Their business model had failed to wok on the cable TV Channels. It is also likely that as both their owners were newspaper groups there was no real interest in them.
Since that time two local media entrepreneurs Chris Johnson and Chris Kerr have been working to set up a new one. I am pleased to be able to say that last week it went on air. Well not actually on air because it’s a new venture using the on-line format.
I wish it well becauseLiverpoolneeds such a local TV medium. Last week I was inRotterdamand on the telly there was a Rotterdam TV channel. In fact theUKis out of sync with the rest of the world where most major cities have their own dedicated local channel. Now I am not denigrating the media work ofGranadaor BBC North West butt he fact sit hat the cover a massive area and the amount of time that they can devote even to a place likeLiverpoolis minimal. We need something much smaller which can be used in different ways.
A local TV station would enable us to look at some issues in detail. They could be council ones like the budget cuts. They could be area based activities like the ‘Our Beautiful North’ activity. They could be specialist programmes for specific groups like the elderly. They could even work for niche markets. I was surprised when my bluff was called when I asked if they could do something for stamp collectors. “Just do it and we will show it”, said Chris and Chris as one.
I will be supporting Bay TV in any way possible and I hope that organisations based in and aroundLiverpoolwill do so as well. If we work at it together Bay TV could become a valuable part of the armoury of community information and dialogue in the city. If we miss the chance it will go the way of other attempts to make this most modern of mediums work for the good of the Liverpool community.
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