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Camperdown House Doors Open Day

Posted onSeptember 15, 2014

Camperdown House Doors Open Day

Camperdown House Doors Open Day

We whisked around four local properties over the weekend as part of Doors Open Day and as training for our TV school students. Camperdown House is a property I’ve visited many times since the 1980’s. Back then when there was a caretaker on site I was allowed through the entire house and the old kitchen (which was below where the toilets are now). I heard about the plans for a first floor cinema which had to be put on hold because of the structural condition of the building, visited the gun room and went up on the roof – which of course was repaired in later years. Its a pity more cannot be done with the house and indeed it does warrant far more attention than a four minute film so who knows maybe we’ll return and film a more complete piece – next time its open !

Doors open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish civic Trust. It runs throughout Scotland every September as part of European Heritage days.  A number of Leisure and Culture Dundee’s cultural venues celebrated the national event and we began our whistlestop tour in the ground of Camperdown Country Park. All camera and sound recording was carried out by members of our TV school experiencing their first time out of a studio environment and what’s like to record a number of events in a day on different locations. Thanks again to the all the Dundee City Council Leisure and Culture staff we met today and who assisted us with the filming.

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Doors Open Day Broughty Castle Museum

Posted onSeptember 14, 2014

Doors Open Day Broughty Castle Museum

Doors Open Day Broughty Castle Museum

Our first visit this afternoon on Dundee’s second Doors Open Day was to the Broughty Castle Museum. Andy Fenwick showed us through the building. Doors open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish civic Trust. It runs throughout Scotland every September as part of European Heritage days.  A number of Leisure and Culture Dundee’s cultural venues celebrated the national event. Thanks again to the all the Dundee City Council Leisure and Culture staff we met today and who assisted us with the filming. Our picture shows Andy Fenwick being interviewed in the Art Gallery level. Spread over 4 floors, Broughty Castle Museum houses fascinating displays on the life and times of Broughty Ferry, its people, the environment and wildlife that lives close by. The video will be on line soon.

Doors Open Day The Old Steeple Dundee

Posted onSeptember 13, 2014

Doors Open Day The Old Steeple Dundee

Doors Open Day The Old Steeple Dundee

Our last visit today was to The Old Steeple in the Nethergate Dundee. Carly Cooper showed us through the building. The last time I had visited this building was in the year 2000 for the Time Capsule series and at that time we were unable to film in the 6 levels of the tower. Today however was one of the few days of the year that the tower is now open to the public so this time we were able to record our visit to what is one of the last standing links to medieval Dundee. Unfortunately summer tours have now ended but you can get some idea of the building in our video.

Its been a busy day as members of the TV School accompanied the Dundee Channel crew round Doors Open Day in Dundee. Doors open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish civic Trust. It runs throughout Scotland every September as part of European Heritage days.  A number of Leisure and Culture Dundee’s cultural venues celebrated the national event. All camera and sound recording was carried out by members of our TV school experiencing their first time out of a studio environment and what’s like to record a number of events in a day on different locations. This also allowed us to record some behind the scenes footage which can begin to show you some of the preparation and behind the scenes work which goes on during filming. Thanks again to the all the Dundee City Council Leisure and Culture staff we met today and who assisted us with the filming. Our picture shows tour guide Carly Cooper being interviewed in the Artifacts Room after we’ve climbed the 233 steps up and down the tower – filming all of the way . The video will be on line soon.

 

 

Doors Open Day Camperdown House

Posted onSeptember 13, 2014

Doors Open Day Camperdown House

Doors Open Day Camperdown House

Its been a busy day as members of the TV School accompanied the Dundee Channel crew round Doors Open Day in Dundee. Doors open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish civic Trust. It runs throughout Scotland every September as part of European Heritage days.  A number of Leisure and Culture Dundee’s cultural venues celebrated the national event and we began our whistlestop tour in the ground of Camperdown Country Park this morning. All camera and sound recording was carried out by members of our TV school experiencing their first time out of a studio environment and what’s like to record a number of events in a day on different locations. This also allowed us to record some behind the scenes footage which can begin to show you some of the preparation and behind the scenes work which goes on during filming. Thanks again to the all the Dundee City Council Leisure and Culture staff we met today and who assisted us with the filming. Our picture shows Jacqueline on sound and Kieran setting up the camera as Scott prepares a piece to camera. The video will be on line soon.

Doors Open Day 2014 at cultural venues in Dundee

Posted onSeptember 9, 2014

Doors Open Day 2014 at cultural venues in Dundee

Doors Open Day 2014 at cultural venues in Dundee

 

Doors Open Day 2014 at cultural venues in Dundee

A number of Leisure and Culture Dundee’s cultural venues will soon be celebrating the national event – Doors Open Day!

Doors Open Day at The Old Steeple
Saturday 13 September, Drop-in 10am-3pm and Guided Tours at 10.30-11.30am & 1-2pm
Drop in to the ground floor to see an amazing collection of medieval gravestones. Meet curators from The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum to find out more about these fascinating objects; or climb the Steeple itself on one of our informative guided tours.
Free. The Old Steeple, St Mary’s Tower, Overgate, Dundee
Booking for the Guided Tours is essential on (01382) 307200. Please note that guided tours are strenuous and are not suitable for under 5s or visitors with restricted mobility. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Doors Open Day at The McManus Collections Unit
Saturday 13 September, 11am-3pm and Sunday 14 September, 1-3pm
Drop in to meet our friendly staff to find out more about the City’s collections held at McManus Collections Unit. On Saturday 13th, join zoo archaeologist Catherine Smith from Ardler Archaeology to learn more about animals in Tudor times, and see what you can find in the ‘Digging Box’. Over the weekend, visitors can also see a special display of objects relating to the 450th Anniversary of the Howff Graveyard. Before you leave the Collections Unit, pick up one of our free maps you can use to explore The Howff.
Free. The McManus Collections Unit, Barrack Street, Dundee, DD1 1PG
No need to book, just drop in.

Doors Open Day at Broughty Castle Museum
Saturday 13 September, 11am-3pm and Sunday 14 September, 1-3pm
Drop in during Doors Open Day for a unique opportunity to view the Castle’s Magazine and find out more about its interesting history. Built in 1496 on a rocky promontory, Broughty Castle has faced many sieges and battles.
Free. Broughty Castle Museum, Castle Approach, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 2TF
No need to book, just drop in.

Doors Open Day at Camperdown House
Saturday 13 September, 11am-3pm and Sunday 14 September, 1-3pm
Join us to view the magnificent ground floor interiors of Camperdown House. Set in beautiful parkland surroundings in Camperdown Country Park, the House was erected in 1824-1828 by Admiral Duncan’s son and heir, Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Duncan of Camperdown and designed by leading Edinburgh architect, William Burn.
Free. Camperdown House, Camperdown Country Park, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee
No need to book, just drop in.

Family Fun at Angus Heritage Week

Posted onSeptember 5, 2014

Family Fun at Angus Heritage Week

Family Fun at Angus Heritage Week

Angus Heritage Week 2014, which runs from 5-12 September, is packed full of fun events which add a new and exciting dimension to the history, traditions, culture, people and even buildings of this corner of Scotland.

From 4-6 September, Brechin Amateur Operatic Society (BAOS) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a concert showcasing musical numbers from its many hit shows over the last half century. The cast features the talents of a large number of local singers and dancers, including five of the original members of BAOS, who appeared in the group’s first production, Bless The Bride, in 1964.

Doors Open Days on the weekend of 6/7 September offer a rare chance to go behind the scenes at several high-profile Angus premises, including Arbroath Lifeboat Station, the Guide Dog Training School in Forfar and Kinnaird Castle, family home to the Earls of Southesk. There will also be opportunities to study cars, motorbikes, tractors and fire engines from days gone by at Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club’s Glamis headquarters, participate in children’s activities at Pictavia Visitor Centre near Brechin, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre and Montrose Basin Visitor Centre or try a new sport at Forfar Indoor Sports.

The organisers of Angus Heritage Week have also revealed that, following a tip-off, it is highly suspected that, on Sunday, 7 September, the Caledonian Railway will be the scene of a swashbuckling crime! Apparently, a gang of shipwrecked pirates will attempt to hold passengers travelling on the railway line between Brechin and Bridge of Dun to ransom in an attempt to pay for a new galleon. Rumour has it that the dastardly buccaneers will also be hoping to sign up new recruits and have even offered a prize for the best dressed pirate!

A 16th century monk will be making a special appearance at Arbroath Abbey on the afternoon of Friday, 12 September when he will lead a guided tour of the historic site. Having lived, worked and worshipped in Arbroath Abbey before it became a ruin, this medieval man of religion knows all there is to know about life in Arbroath Abbey 400 years ago and is keen to share his specialist knowledge with modern day visitors.

“Angus Heritage Week celebrates our county’s unique and fascinating past,” said the Provost of Angus, Cllr Helen Oswald. “The extensive programme features a range of family activities and special events with that unbeatable combination of fun and facts, which adds up to a great day out for everyone, of all ages.”

The full programme for Angus Heritage Week 2014 can be found at www.angusheritage.com/heritageweek or pick up a copy of the Angus Heritage Week Event Guide at leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife.

Caption: Pirates will be causing havoc at The Caledonian Railway in Brechin on Sunday, 7 September

Credit: Photo courtesy of www.angusheritage.com

Discover The Story of Angus

Posted onAugust 19, 2014

Discover The Story of Angus

Discover The Story of Angus

The rich story of Angus, past and present, steps into the spotlight next month, when Angus Heritage Week 2014 is celebrated across the county from 5-12 September.

councillor alex king

“Angus Heritage Week highlights the history, heritage, culture and traditions of Angus with 38 events in castles, museums, mansions, libraries, colleges and visitor attractions across the county,” said Cllr Alex King, Depute Provost of Angus. “Several events will take place outside, including expert-led guided tours of Monifieth Graveyard, the Victorian reservoir at Crombie Country Park and Arbroath Harbour.

“Angus Heritage Week is an excellent way to find out more about Angus in days gone by and also, as it incorporates Doors Open Days, to explore some of the most interesting buildings in our county.”

Doors Open Days is co-ordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and, in Angus, takes place over the first weekend of Angus Heritage Week 2014 – September 6 and 7. Doors Open Days provide free access to historic, contemporary and unusual buildings and, this year, feature 26 Angus premises and, through the Open Gates programme, two beautiful gardens.

The Inglis Memorial Library in Edzell is taking part in Doors Open Days for the first time. This stunning 19th century building was built by Lieutenant Colonel RW Inglis in memory of his parents. Considered one of the finest examples of a Victorian public library in the UK, the Inglis Memorial Library has recently been restored and features the 6,000 books which were available for lending when the library opened in 1898.

Another new addition to the Doors Open Days programme is Forfar Indoor Sports. As well as being able to tour the sports complex, which features a curling rink, six-rink bowling arena, skating and roller skating facilities, Doors Open Days’ visitors will be able to try roller skating and bowling.

Montrose Basin Visitor Centre is also making its Doors Open Days debut. Entry to the award-winning Scottish Wildlife Trust visitor centre will be free on Saturday, 6 September, when visitors will be able watch the birds and seals at Montrose Basin Nature Reserve using the centre’s high-powered binoculars and telescopes.

Other events happening during the first weekend of Angus Heritage Week include a Tayroots Family History Day at Dundee & Angus College, Arbroath on September 5; Kirriemuir Festival of Music & Song from Friday, 5 September until Sunday, 7 September; and pirates holding the Caledonian Railway to ransom during a fun family day at Brechin Railway Station on Sunday, 7 September.

Angus Heritage Week events continue throughout the next week – full details can be found at www.angusheritage.com/heritageweek or pick up a copy of the Angus Heritage Week Event Guide at leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife.

Sally’s Tay Roots Stretch From Tasmania to Inverkeilor

Posted onAugust 13, 2014

Sally’s Tay Roots Stretch From Tasmania to Inverkeilor

Sally’s Tay Roots Stretch From Tasmania to Inverkeilor

 

Following the recent discovery that her great-great-great grandparents were from the Angus village of Inverkeilor, Sally Cornish, who is a drummer in the Tasmania Police Pipe Band, decided to squeeze in a visit to this part of Scotland between appearances at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

“My maternal great-great-great grandparents, John Hay and Margaret Jolly, married in Inverkeilor Church in 1829,” said Sally, who is from Hobart, Tasmania. “It  was completely overwhelming to be in the village where my ancestors lived over 200 years ago.”

As Sally explored the kirkyard at Inverkeilor Church, she revealed that the church was the scene of a pivotal moment in her family’s history. “Research carried out by one of my Australian cousins discovered that, according to the Parish records of 1809, John Hay’s mother, Janet Doig, appeared in front of Inverkeilor’s Kirk Session after she confessed she was ‘with child’,” explained Sally.

“The records also note the father of Janet’s baby – also called John Hay – had run away to England and that, after she ‘confessed her repentance’, Janet was fined the considerable sum of £1.

“It’s strange to be standing in the church where Janet was publicly shamed for being pregnant, abandoned and alone.”

En-route to Inverkeilor, Sally stopped off at the Angus Archives, where 800 years of historical documents relating to the county are stored. “Thanks to the invaluable help of the team at the Angus Archives, including one of the volunteers, Grant, I also visited three farms between Arbroath and Montrose which feature in my family tree,” continued Sally.

“To look across fields where my ancestors once toiled, see the remains of the cottages where they may have lived and visit the village where they went to church was a surreal experience – and something I shall never forget. This visit – and the background information I received at the Angus Archives – has given such an insight into my ancestors’ lives.”

Sally explained that her great-great-great grandparents sailed to Australia with their four children in 1839. “The Hays settled in New South Wales but, two years later, moved to Tasmania,” said Sally, who has always been very aware of her family’s Scottish connection.

“I’ve always been so proud of my Scottish roots – and now I’ve seen where my forebears lived, I feel even more connected to my ancestral homeland and to my Hay ancestors.”

People from near and far who are keen to find out more about their family’s roots will be able to obtain advice, information and access to a wide range of resources at the Tayroots Family History Day at Angus & Dundee College in Arbroath  on Friday, September 5. The Tayroots Family History Day, which is the opening event in this year’s Angus Heritage Week, will feature a highly-informative programme of workshops and talks, including how to use Kirk Session Records, the historical documents which provided vital information about Sally’s great-great-great-great grandmother, Janet Doig.

There will also be a talk about Montrose in the First World War by historian Dr Dan Paton and a talk by Caroline Brown, archivist at the University of Dundee, which will focus on the wealth of information available in historical hospital records.

Entrance to the Family History Day is free but, as previous Tayroots events have proved extremely popular, booking is advisable for the talks and workshops. To book, or to find out more about the Tayroots Family History Day on September 5, visit www.angusheritage.com/tayroots or call 01307 473226. To find out more about the many other events happening during Angus Heritage Week 2014, visit www.angusheritage.com/heritageweek or pick up a copy of the Angus Heritage Week Event Guide at leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife.

 

First in France for Montrose Air Station

Posted onJuly 4, 2014

First in France for Montrose Air Station

NATIONAL EVENT TO REMEMBER MONTROSE AIR STATION’S WORLD WAR 1 PILOTS

First in France for Montrose Air Station

On August 2 and 3, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre will host First In France, one of the first national events commemorating the 100thanniversary of the outbreak of World War 1.

The picture shows Montrose Air Station in 1917.

Montrose Air Station, which is on the outskirts of the Angus town of Montrose, was established by the Royal Flying Corps’ II (AC) Squadron in 1913. Eighteen months later, the Squadron’s pilots had taken to the skies in their biplanes, en-route to France and the First World War’s deadly, and ultimately decisive, Battle in the Air.

 

“II (AC) Squadron left Montrose Air Station on August 3, 1914 – the day before Britain declared war on Germany,” said Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre Curator and aviation historian, Dr Dan Paton. “Their biplanes had no armament and no parachutes as their intended role was reconnaissance, providing the army with vital information about the German Army’s movements.”

II (AC) Squadron met up with the other three RFC Squadrons at Dover and, as dawn broke on August 13, 1914, the Squadron’s Commanding Officer, Major Charles Burke, led his men into the air and they flew to Amiens. ‘As I was gliding down, I saw another machine – Harvey Kelly,’ wrote Major Burke -II (AC) Squadron’s Lieutenant Harvey Kelly had become the first British pilot to land on French soil following the outbreak of war.

The RFC’s reconnaissance role soon expanded to include fighting over the French battlefields and, two weeks after his historic landing, Lt Harvey Kelly became the first British pilot to down an enemy aircraft. However, the Battle In the Air took a heavy toll on the men who had been based at Montrose and Lt Harvey Kelly, and many of his II (AC) Squadron comrades, failed to fly home.

“Our First In France event is our way of remembering Montrose Air Station’s pioneering pilots and all the brave men and women of the RFC and RAF who were based at Montrose from 1914 – 1918,” said Dan.

first in france

First In France is being organised by Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre in partnership with the RAF and the Western Front Association and will begin with a day of special events. “It’s so important to remember the First World War and how it shaped the world we’re in today,” continued Dan.

“To encourage as many people as possible to come along to our weekend of commemoration, on Saturday, August 2, entry to Montrose Air Station will be free. As well as all our usual exhibits relating to the story of Montrose Air Station and those who were based there, there will be lots of other things to see and do. The full programme can be viewed at www.rafmontrose.org.uk and includes children’s activities highlighting the lasting legacy of World War 1, a vintage aircraft display and a thrilling re-enactment of a dogfight by replica biplanes similar to those flown by II (AC) Squadron 1914 pilots.”

On Sunday, August 3, the Heritage Centre’s First In France Project will be launched at a private reception by the Lord Lieutenant of Angus, Mrs Georgiana Osborne. The Lord Lieutenant will formally open the new building which will display the Heritage Centre’s World War 1 Collection, funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This high-profile event, made possible by grants from Angus Council and Museums Galleries Scotland, will be attended by specially-invited guests, including local dignitaries, senior RAF officers, representatives of II (AC) Squadron and members, supporters and sponsors of the Heritage Centre.

Wing Commander Blythe Crawford of RAF Leuchars is one of several RAF representatives who will be attending the event. “We are humbled to be invited and thank the team for all their efforts in putting together the First In France event,” said Wing Commander Crawford.

“Montrose Air Station was vital to the air effort in WWI. Firstly, as the home of II(AC) Squadron, which was the first to deploy to France and, secondly, as a training base for RFC and, subsequently, RAF pilots throughout the war,” continued Wing Commander Blythe. “The RAF is immensely proud to be associated with Montrose Air Station, which will remain a perpetual memorial to all those who served not just at Montrose but across the RFC and RAF.”

There will also be some very important guests at the launch – relatives of the men and women who served at RFC/RAF Montrose during World War 1, including John Simson, the nephew of one of the Air Station’s World War 1 flying instructors. “I am delighted to have been invited to this event,” said Mr Simson. “I am sure my uncle Eric would have felt honoured to be remembered for his service at Montrose and would have wanted this recognition to be shared in full with his comrades, both men and women and of all ranks.”

For more information about Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre’s First In France event on August 2 and 3, visit www.rafmontrose.org.uk.

Flashback to Dundee’s own Channel 6

Posted onJune 27, 2014

Flashback to Dundee’s own Channel 6

Flashback to Dundee's own Channel 6

This week Dundee Channel has been doing a lot of work in Kirriemuir for reasons that will become apparent later in the year. It was at this time we met former guitar player with Saz, Kevin Grubb. Kevin has copied us this video of the band in 2002 when their video, Sing Like An Angel topped the Dundee Channel 6 chart for 13 weeks !



Channel 6 was Dundee’s own Restricted Licence TV service which was popular with students and local bands as it offered a showcase and a video platform for their songs. Back then you had to call a premium rate phone number to vote videos to the top spot. Long before you could download an mp3 for free !

David Rushton the man behind Channel 6 now runs arts channel Summerhall TV in Edinburgh.

For those of you who like a bit of background the following article appeared in The Scotsman in 2001:

Dundee is traditionally the home of the three Js – jute, jam and journalism. However, the City of Discovery might soon be adding another J to its list by becoming the home of Scottish jocks, or video jockeys to be precise, following the launch of Channel 6, Dundees very own 24-hour music television channel.

Channel 6, which went on air at 11:59pm on Thursday, is the brainchild of Dave Rushton. Rushton is considered by many as the forefather of local television after playing an integral part in rewriting the legislation for the 1996 Broadcasting Act, which saw more than 60 local television licences made available by the Independent Television Commission for community service broadcasters.

The new free-to-air terrestrial channel is broadcasting to a potential audience of 125,000 people living in and around Dundee who can receive the service, which will deliver pop and rock music videos, arts programming, student animations, video productions and live bands from studios in the heart of the city, simply by retuning their television sets.

Already Rushton is keen to boost the potential core audience of 13-to-35 year olds by transmitting to the north of Dundee and into Angus, which could eventually see viewer figures swell to around 160, 000.

He says: “Local television is definitely a growing concept and the Local Broadcasting Group (LBG) is soon to launch another seven stations throughout Scotland. It has taken a lot of people a lot of time and effort to get Channel 6 to where it is today and there is great interest and enthusiasm around Dundee for the station.”

Rushton has invested £500,000 in Channel 6, but it is by no means his first foray into running a local TV station. He was also responsible for setting up Edinburgh TV, which went on air last March. However a poor transmission signal across the city meant he was unable to achieve the viewing figures he wanted, therefore he decided to sell the licence to LBG along with the licences for Glasgow, Perth, Stirling, Inverness, Dumbarton, Ayr and Aberdeen and invest the money in setting up in Dundee.

LBG is part-owned by broadcast, video and film group VFG, which has already invested £4.75 million in developing a local TV network and is looking to raise a further £50 million to develop the channels across the UK which it aims to have up and running in two years time – drawing an overall daily audience of up to 4 million.

Rushton, who will continue to manage the Edinburgh TV station until September when he hands the reins over to LBG says he decided to go to Dundee for political reasons.

“I believe Dundee is a city which is fired up by cultural investment,” says Rushton, “and there is already a very strong cultural and creative base here with the Contemporary Arts Centre and the Dundee Repertory Theatre, and a high number of animation and graphics students in the city. The council have also been very supportive of us coming here and it is also a city where we can get a very good signal, which is vital. If you are looking to set up a local TV station then you have to be able to give viewers high-quality content – that is one of the reasons we decided to make Dundee a music station, because there is a lot of quality music content out there and also because there is a lot of musical talent in this city.”

Channel 6 will initially feature videos of new music releases alongside animation for a younger audience, but Rushton and Bernadette Kesting, facilities and marketing co-ordinator, are both keen for the station to act as a platform for developing Scottish bands.”

Kesting says: “We will be very content driven and while music videos will be the majority of our content we do aim to bring in local talent from Dundee and throughout Scotland. We want to hear from new bands, we want to hear from people who fancy themselves as the next big VJ. We want to get rid of the stigma that local means twee. We want to be able to put a music video made by a Dundee band up alongside a video by Madonna and not be able to notice the difference.”

Channel 6 also offers a full Teletext service, which operates much like Ceefax beneath the picture. Rushton is offering this as a free advertising platform to local businesses as well as offering viewers local information such as Whats On guides, bus and train timetables and local council information. He is also keen to offer small-to-medium enterprises operating in the Dundee area the opportunity to advertise on television, something which has until now been out of their financial reach.

“We are pioneering a different kind of TV advertising. We want advertisers to use our Teletext service free of charge to compliment their advertising and we want them to commit to an annual contract. For just £3650 per year they can get ten ads on Channel 6 per day. We are treating ads as programmes and are encouraging advertisers to make their ads into mini soap operas much like the Gold Blend ads. That way the ads also act as content for us. The nature of our programming will, I hope, attract the same sort of advertisers which use MTV, such as the big drinks and sports brands. We are also looking at developing sponsorship opportunities within our programming.”

Rushton has also helped to establish a small production company called ABQ which produces advertising at a price comparable to the charges made by Channel 6, enabling advertisers to regularly update and change their commercials.

Already Rushton is in talks with some of the citys colleges to ensure the channels facilities are used as a training ground for TV production and animation students and he is also talking to a city nightclub to link up for programming live from the club, which can then be mixed with live studio bands, interviews and music videos.

With Channel 6 employing only seven full-time staff, MTV may not yet have much to worry about, however over the next 18 months with more local stations coming online its dominance as the number one youth music station could come under threat


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