Presenters needed for town TV station
PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 June 2011
PLANS for a community TV channel for Weston are moving rapidly - but more budding presenters are being urged to come forward.
There has been a vast amount of interest in the project since the Mercury revealed Richard Browne’s scheme to create a channel dedicated to the town and surrounding areas.
More than 500 people have registered their interest in helping the 42-year-old make his dream a reality – and the station looks set to open at the end of this month.
But despite the amount of people who have volunteered their assistance only three are interested in becoming presenters.
Richard, who owns outside broadcasting company Eventcastmedia, said: “A lot of people have contacted me with ideas who would like to get involved behind the camera but I would like to hear from someone who could come in on a weekly basis and have their own show.
“We are looking for more mature people who have a historical knowledge of Weston and are interested in politics and generally Weston.”
The station has been given a boost after a private investor from Bristol injected cash into the scheme – and Richard has been able to buy more TV equipment which can be transported to any venue.
Although the channel will not launch until the end of the month, Richard and production manager Keely Major along with their band of volunteers have already been working hard to film and edit programmes.
Richard, aged 42, said: “One of the things we didn’t want to do was launch the channel and just have three programmes on it.
“We have already filmed the Hornets playing Weston RFC veterans, as well as an event in The Blakehay and museum where people were asked to volunteer.
“We will also be running short programme about the history of Weston – from when it was a village and only 25 families lived here to modern day times.”
There will also be live streaming of Boomfest as well as live music events at Barcode youth café – and Richard is also hoping to team up with local schools.
He added: “This station is not just for young people – we will try and capture audiences of all ages and make sure there is something for everyone.”
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