The Local Television Project

The Local Television Project

From Justin Bellinger

I'd like to provide fair and balanced news in the UK, improving democratic knowledge and engagement, which is missing from what is currently on offer by other services.

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Update #2

4 months ago

Ah, the brilliance of speaking to people and sharing ideas!

After a long conversation on this yesterday, and some small thinking through the problem this morning, it seems that we can make this a lot less painless for everyone (and it might actually help us get some traction).

A good friend pointed out that, if you only need the money for set up and to generate a structured funding, why not offer to repay it at the end of the process, thereby allowing people to help and put their money to good use again later, to help others (or have a welcome return of their hard-earned!)

That makes a lot of sense to me, and so, provided donations are not made anonymously, if you donate, we will offer to return your donation once we've delivered; after all, we just need a little help to get off of the ground, it seems a fair way of doing things.

This can be done here (as the donation process captures your email contacts) or via PayPal (here: https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/854LAjLoHQ ) and either way we'll have a way to repay you if you don't donate anonymously.

Let us know what you think?

Further updates are on the way.

Kind Regards,

Justin.

Image credit: Sean MacEntee on Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution license. See https://www.flickr.com/photos/smemon/ for more of his lovely work.

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Local News in the UK has been on the decline in most areas for many years, as the ITV franchises have reduced their commit to local spending and the local television franchises have struggled to find audience share and profitability.

All this has the net negative affect of reducing community engagement in and with the news, which, in turn reduces political engagement, and access to impartial facts and information that helps democracy function.

The most obvious area we can see this failure in the UK news is with respect to Brexit, where, if you ask either side of that debate, they will respond that all media outlets are biased against them, and all news and current affairs is full of lies about the topic. This, in turn, leads to complete distrust of the news, and the facts that people are presented with (even if they turn out to be true, they are no longer believed).

This is exceptionally harmful to the democratic process and the disunity of communities in the UK.

There is a better way.

Local news and current affairs programming can be best delivered by networking existing stations and resources already available in the UK, many of which are available for sale (or we are informed they are), such that a sixth network is created in the UK terrestrial broadcast space, which remains the most popular delivery mechanism for news and current affairs in the UK via the Freeview platform.

The amount of money asked for is exceptionally modest, as it will be used to structure a much bigger follow-on financing via more traditional means.

By this we mean that the money we are trying to raise here will be used to set up the business, pay for professional services to make it happen (rather than allow just our inexperienced guess-work to "have a go"), and put that modest amount of money to work creating the network.

Your money will be used, in approximation, as follows:

Total = £24,000

Why you should help, if you can?

Four clear reasons I hope I might persuade you to help me do this.

  • You'd be helping to improve democratic outcomes for the UK as a whole, at a time when much of its news media is being less than honest with the electorate as it is driven by ideological or corporate interests.
  • You'd be helping to build a legacy, together, which seems most appropriate, that can help other news media to raise its game.
  • You'd be helping me, directly, to be a more useful member of society by helping me deliver a project that is very close to my heart that can make a difference, both to my life and, more importantly, the country.
  • This project puts news and information back into the hands of the public, not large corporations, where it belongs.

I love my country, as most of us do, and I want the very best for it. Why not help me to deliver just a very small part of helping to do the best for the UK and the electorate, who have, for too long, been ignored by Westminster and politicians more generally, by putting the power of local news and information back into the hands of those who need it most: the public?

I know money is tight, and I know it means a lot every time someone asks you to donate some of your hard-earned; it's personal when that happens, because that could be food on your table, a bottle of wine that you richly earned during your work week, so I appreciate every single penny anyone is able to donate, and I will see you right by not wasting a single penny of it, but putting it to good use (plus see below, you might get that wine after all).

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Justin Bellinger posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #2

Ah, the brilliance of speaking to people and sharing ideas!

After a long conversation on this yesterday, and some small thinking through the problem this morning, it seems that we can make this a lot less painless for everyone (and it might actually help us get some traction).

A good friend pointed out that, if you only need the money for set up and to generate a structured funding, why not offer to repay it at the end of the process, thereby allowing people to help and put their money to good use again later, to help others (or have a welcome return of their hard-earned!)

That makes a lot of sense to me, and so, provided donations are not made anonymously, if you donate, we will offer to return your donation once we've delivered; after all, we just need a little help to get off of the ground, it seems a fair way of doing things.

This can be done here (as the donation process captures your email contacts) or via PayPal (here: https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/854LAjLoHQ ) and either way we'll have a way to repay you if you don't donate anonymously.

Let us know what you think?

Further updates are on the way.

Kind Regards,

Justin.

Image credit: Sean MacEntee on Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution license. See https://www.flickr.com/photos/smemon/ for more of his lovely work.

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Justin Bellinger posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #1

Had some wonderful feedback off of Twitter, which I'll post as an update here.

Firstly, I am working on a video to go here to help explain in better detail what we are trying to do, it's quite a complex project, so needs a better breakdown.

My background is as a producer, however, so making videos is less of my skill-set, and more the programme makers we are trying to get together to network, that said, it would be wrong not to do something to better explain the point.

I can summarise, perhaps a bit better (as I did in a tweet), I am trying to take over (in the business and broadcast license sense) multiple local television broadcasters in the UK to network them to make a new news network, so we can better provide balanced and fair news across the UK.

More updates to follow.

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