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Local TV invite for five Scottish locations
Ofcom today invited applications for new local TV channels in seven UK locations - Aberdeen, Ayr, Carlisle, Dundee, Forth Valley, Inverness and Stoke on Trent.
The invitation follows legislation passed in 2011, enabling Ofcom to issue local TV licences allowing the broadcast of local TV channels on digital terrestrial TV.
Five local TV channels are now broadcasting. The first of these was Estuary TV in Grimsby, which launched in November 2013. The first local TV channel in Scotland (STV Glasgow) launched in June this year.
The closing date for applications for the Scottish areas of Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee, Forth Valley and Inverness, and the English areas of Carlisle and Stoke on Trent, is 23 October 2014.
As well as broadcasting on digital terrestrial, it is anticipated that local TV channels might choose to offer their services on satellite, cable and online.
Local TV stations
The first local TV licences were advertised by Ofcom in May 2012. In the first phase, Ofcom awarded 19 local TV licences.
Ofcom has already invited applications for 18 locations in the second phase of local TV licensing. During this phase, licences have so far been awarded to Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Mold, York, Cambridge, Swansea, Guildford, Reading, Salisbury, Maidstone and Tonbridge, and Basingstoke.
DC Thomson Ventures and Seedcamp invest in Reedsy
DC Thomson Ventures and Seedcamp have made a seed investment in self-publishing startup Reedsy. The investment is a 50/50 split between the two funds.
Reedsy is the first marketplace and set of collaborative tools and services for publishing professionals. It offers authors an industry expert search allowing for the creation of high-quality ebooks. Reedsy allows authors to publish direct to platforms such as the iBook Store, Kindle Store and Kobo, and benefit from a greater share of the cover price.
The platform, which will launch soon, is looking to disrupt the publishing industry. Reedsy co-founder Emmanuel Nataf explains, “This product eliminates the challenges typically experienced by authors when self-publishing. We want Reedsy to change the way authors engage with the full suite of professions that are required during the publishing process to create and sell high-quality ebooks. The business operates using a cloud-hosted real-time book editor, which has been specifically designed for ebook publishing.”
DC Thomson Ventures Executive, Nick Verkroost said, “Consumer reading habits are changing. In the UK alone, self-publishing accounts for 20% of all ebooks and as barriers to entry come down the market is only going to accelerate. This new approach to reading needs a new kind of publisher – we believe that Reedsy could define the next generation of publishing.”
“DC Thomson Ventures is continually looking for the next big investment opportunity and Reedsy has a great team with a clearly defined proposition. This is a sector where we have a lot of experience and where we can identify a clear opportunity for disruption.”
DC Thomson Ventures is the investment arm of DC Thomson and has a remit to focus on investment opportunities in early-stage companies. The company is interested in a variety of sectors including digital media, advertising, e-commerce, education, gaming and healthcare. DC Thomson Ventures operates two innovation centres for startups , IDEALondon and IDEAScotland and has built strong relationships with a number of startup accelerators including Seedcamp.
Seedcamp partner, Carlos Eduardo Espinal added, “Reedsy’s vision to transform the publishing industry by really going deep into the needs of the author is what inspired us to back the founders. The founders have embarked on a mission to truly understand how to better support the needs of self-publishing authors and have created a product that reflects that research.”
Seedcamp is Europe’s premier micro-seed investment fund and mentoring programme. With over 120 startup investments since 2007, and counting on more than 2000 mentors as part of their network, Seedcamp provides its startups with early capital to find and scale product market fit while providing them with the right level of support to do so.
The Seedcamp investment follows Reedsy’s pitch, during Seedcamp Week Berlin, to join the investment fund and mentoring programme. Reedsy will also be supported by DC Thomson Ventures and will have access to IDEALondon, a unique tech innovation centre set up by Cisco, DC Thomson and UCL to champion startups.
Reedsy Co-founder Richard Fayet said, “In the long run, our objective is to transform the way the publishing industry works. With a bit of help, self-publishing shouldn’t be the exception anymore, but the normal path to publishing a bestseller.”
Student studying in Dundee wins editing competition
The winning entry to the Bodkin Ras Mashup competition by Monika Madurska. The short clip gives a taste of the style, darkness and thrilling edge of the film.
Bodkin is a fugitive on the run, looking to start over in Forres. He came to this remote corner of Europe to hide and lay low. This turns out to be impossible in a little town where rumours spread faster than the plague. People watch him vigilantly, but Bodkin manages to earn the trust of the community and finds a job as a park employee. Just when he thinks he can start building a lasting relationship with his new environment, disaster strikes. 18 year old Lily mysteriously disappears, and who is there to blame but the mysterious new arrival?
Bodkin Ras is a film by Kaweh Modiri. Produced by Revolver Amsterdam, Inti Films and Blue Iris Films.
Monika is a a 4th year student of The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design on the faculty of Graphic Arts and Media Art in Wroc?aw, Poland. She is currently on the Erasmus exchange programme in the University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design on the Illustration course.
Erasmus exchanges are intended to encourage co-operation between universities across the European Union and European Economic Area. They are part of the SOCRATES education programme which receives financial support from the European Commission. In general, Erasmus partnerships and student exchanges between particular universities develop out of academic and personal contact between individual members of staff. If you take part in an Erasmus student exchange, your period of study at a partner university in Europe will be recognised by your home university. Erasmus students from Scottish universities most often study abroad in their Third Year (Junior Honours) for periods ranging from one term to a whole academic session. Monika started using editing softwares before university, with her first projects being mainly animations. After some time she discovered the link between editing film and animation.
“I am very excited and happy to win the Bodkin Ras Mashup Competition! Not only was my entry appreciated by my friends but also by the director, Kaweh Modiri! It all means a lot to me. The opportunity to speak to the producer from Revolver Amsterdam is just thrilling, not to mention the pass to the Edinburgh International Film Festival – I am over the moon! It has me inspired and motivated to do even more!”
Monika will attend EIFF 2014 with an industry delegate pass, where she can continue to build on the networking opportunities the competition has provided.
We hope that providing the professional footage gave aspiring editors and filmmakers a good taste of the industry, and that the competition overall was enjoyed by entrants and viewers alike!
Click the photo below to watch Monicas winning trailer
McGinty & Ward at Face of Freedom 2013
McGinty & Ward of Anderson McGinty Webster Ward Fisher, play “Tomorrow is a long time” at the Face of Freedom 2013 Fashion Show in aid of Maggies Cancer Care Centre at Ninewells Dundee, introduced by Lynne Duffus.
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Ethical hacking conference at Abertay
The Securi-Tay ethical hacking conference returns to the University of Abertay Dundee next Wednesday 16 January.
Computer security students, enthusiasts and experts have just one week to register for a place at http://securi-tay.co.uk/
Organised entirely by students on the UK-first Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures degree, Securi-Tay features high-profile industry experts from companies like Cigital, MWR Labs, PwC, ScotSTS and Xiphos Research Labs.
The sessions cover how anti-virus programmes can be tricked and how to improve them, how Wi-Fi can be hacked to track people’s identities and how this can be fixed, and why protecting old ‘legacy’ computer systems is crucial to an organisation’s security.
Paul Dalton, a student at Abertay University and one of the organisers, said: “Securi-Tay 2 is shaping up to be a very exciting day of ethical hacking and security talks for students and industry professionals.
“For this second event, we wanted to secure some of the leading experts in this complex and challenging area. We’re delighted to have had such a strong response, and to see the enthusiasm in the industry for taking part in Securi-Tay.
“Abertay University has such a strong reputation in this area, and many of my friends and classmates have been hired straight from university into jobs where they protect critical computer systems for high-profile companies.”
The event is sponsored by MWR Labs, Cigital and the School of Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics at Abertay University.
Places are strictly limited and selling fast. The first Securi-Tay event was a huge success, and with the high-profile professional line-up the students are expecting another busy event.
For full details on speakers, and to book a place, please visit http://securi-tay.co.uk/
The one-day conference next Wednesday will be followed by a social event in the evening, with opportunities for delegates to meet Abertay University’s most promising computer security students.
Abertay Light Show
Computer programmers, a sound designer and solar physics scientists turned the outside of the University of Abertay Dundee into an LED light display. 100,000 Lux is a fusion of science, visual art and sound design. Dundee Channel interviewed one of the programmers Erin Michno and after the interview you can watch the 9 minute light show.
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BAFTA winning Abertay students launch games company
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Swallowtail Games, the winners of the ‘Ones to Watch’ prize at the 2012 BAFTA Video Games Awards, have launched a company supported by the Abertay University Prototype Fund.
The team was one of the three winners from Dare to be Digital 2011, the internationally renowned game design competition organised and hosted by the University of Abertay Dundee.
Following their BAFTA win for Tick Tock Toys, a fun and colourful iPad puzzle game for all ages, the team completed postgraduate studies at Abertay University and have now been awarded up to £25,000 to develop and test a complete prototype game.
Other new or young companies looking for investment up to £25,000 can apply to the current Prototype Fund round until December 11 at 5pm. Full details are available at http://prototypefund.abertay.ac.uk/
Dundee Science Festival begins today
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This weeks X Factor News
Caitlin is back with a look at this weeks X Factor news. Caitlin is working in a work experience programme at The Dundee hannel.
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