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The Easter Break has slowed down the RTV timetable in a number of areas, but we hope to be back on schedule very soon.  The next RTV Video Clip should be up by 7th May thanks to maintenance work at the Boo, where we are based, further preventing access for a time.

It’s an ‘interesting’ time for local media initiatives like Rossendale TV.  At 3pm on Monday 5th March 2012 Rossendale Radio ceased broadcasting after 18 months of operations.  The broadcast license was surrendered back to Ofcom at some point on Tuesday 17th April – a great loss to the Rossendale Community.   Rossendale Radio was a great help to Rossendale TV where recording the voiceovers and providing the library music for our first 24 films is concerned and we’re sorry to lose such a helpful community partner.

There are plans afoot to re-launch the station, however, and an open meeting is being held at Haslingden Community Link at 7pm on Thursday 10th May to discuss the possibilities.   We hope the initiative gets a lot of support.  A bid for a new license won’t be submitted to Ofcom until 2013 though, so it will be while before ‘The Voice of the Valley’ graces the local airwaves again.

On Monday 16th April Channel M ceased broadcasting after providing local TV to the Manchester area for over a decade.  The main reason appears to be the continuing inability of local TV stations to provide hard viewing figures to potential advertisers - and the lost revenues accruing as a result.  Starting life as Manchester Student Television in the 1990s, Channel M served as a technical model for many subsequent local TV stations and successfully operated and maintained its own transmitter on Winter Hill.

The demise of Channel M was another blow to Rossendale TV / The CAR Video Unit (www.carvideo.org.uk) since although we only established direct contact with the station six months ago, we’d already had two 45-minute documentaries (on the Lancashire Textiles Industry and The Accrington Pals respectively) broadcast by them.  The resulting broadcast credits were a welcome addition to the CVs of those trainees who helped to make the programmes.

Fortunately it’s not all doom and gloom.  Since last month’s launch Rossendale TV has forged contacts with three other web based TV / Video Channels -http://www.lancashireone.com, http://www.lakestv.net and www.s36.tv. All of these are considerably farther along the roads they have chosen than is Rossendale TV and we hope to learn a lot in the coming months as a result of the co-operative links we’ve established.

There are also a few interesting developments closer to home – but more about these next time.
The next film to appear here will be about Whitworth Museum, kindly sponsored by Access Computers in nearby Rochdale.