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Published on January 16th, 2014 | by voxx

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Estuary TV launches as nation watches

Estuary TV, the first of 19 local digital TV stations across the UK, was officially launched in an event held at the University Centre Grimsby towards the end of last year.

The channel is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Grimsby Institute Group and is broadcast from three TV studios at the Grimsby Institute and University Centre Grimsby. Estuary TV is available throughout Northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire on Freeview Channel 8, located in between BBC3 and BBC4.

The nation’s eyes were on Grimsby for the special event and Grimsby-born actresses Patricia Hodge and Julie Peasgood were in town for the special occasion.  Poirot and Miranda actress, Patricia, is now based in London but still clings firmly to her roots in Grimsby and she gave a rousing speech to the invited guests.  Patricia said: “Of all the speeches I have ever made this is the one that I care most about.  I’m here in this spectacular building and remember it when it used to be a college of Further Education with a red telephone box on the corner, here we are now with this state-of-the-art broadcasting technology – it feels like only a heartbeat.

“I had to abandon my birthplace in order to pursue a career in the media.  That was then and this is now.  This area has held on so tightly to it’s community, which has been its strength and its identity.  It is with enormous pride and pleasure that we are here to launch the first of the 19 channels.

“The opportunities here are infinite for local self-expression and networking and more significantly for the training of around 200 people in broadcasting techniques in the very best facilities.  I nurture the hope that the channel might venture into their own drama, soap opera and, dare I say, situation comedy.

“In a significant week for memorials to Abraham Lincoln, I hope I may give a reverent misquote and say this is a television station of the people, by the people and for the people – good luck Estuary TV.”

Programmes currently being planned for the launch include regular news bulletins, a sports discussion programme ‘On the Bench’, a Friday night talk show ‘That Friday Show’, a cookery programme ‘The Lincolnshire Kitchen’ and other documentaries and entertainment programmes.

Lia Nici, Executive Producer for Estuary TV, said:  “Often we don’t realise how innovative we are in Grimsby and actually we’re ahead of the game.  We are the first local Freeview channel to launch and that is a huge accolade for the creative industries in our region.

“The key to the work we do is training.  People come from all over the globe to train here because they can’t get this type of training anywhere else and we will be working with over 200 students every year in the production of our programmes.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported us on our journey to be the first local TV channel to launch.  This is the start of a new era for television, we thought we were launching a local TV station but we have seen national coverage for the launch.  As well as our launch programmes we are currently developing an exciting schedule which we will be announcing in the coming months.”

Ed Vaizey MP, is the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State post with responsibilities in both the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) recently toured the facilities, which include a green screen studio, control room and ‘soft’ studio, before trying his hand in front of the camera to try his skills at presenting.

Mr Vaizey said:  “I think there is a good tradition of regional broadcasting in the UK that can cover a wide area, what Grimsby has shown is that there is an appetite for local news that is also produced locally.  Estuary TV launching on Freeview will mean they can build on the idea of local news and potentially reach an audience three times larger than they could previously.

“I think the facilities at the Grimsby Institute are state-of-the-art; the camera, the recording desks and the green screen are all what you would expect in a modern television studio.  One of the opportunities for local television is the training that can be provided for young people and the fact they can do that in first-class facilities like this is fantastic.”

Anyone wanting to get involved or who has any ideas about the sort of programming they would like to see should contact the Estuary TV team by emailing info@estuary.tv.


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