Local TV is making its own contribution to the evolution of community media across the UK with stations such as Estuary TVNorthern Visions, and SheffieldLive providing the opportunity for their local communities to make media. Twenty local television stations are currently licensed to broadcast in specific local areas on Freeview (DTT) via the local television multiplex and via cable.

The pages here will feature advice and links to a number of resources for those interested in providing a local community television service, whether via broadcast or online, as well as for those interested in providing programming or content to these services.

Our volunteer guest editor is Steve Day from SU-TV at Swansea University:


Welcome to Community Television section, bringing you the latest from Community Television around the UK.

Having worked in the broadcast industry for over twenty five years, I have seen a technical revolution in the world of commercial television, a revolution that’s seeing the technical chasm between commercial broadcast companies and community Television getting smaller.

And it’s all down to media technology, with mobile phone and home computers both becoming more and more powerful, with improved functionality, software and of course fast communication.

“Community Television the future”
The first thing I want to say about Community Television is, it’s not about buildings and equipment. It’s about people and the community. I say this because over the last five years I have met and talked to many community groups who really would like to start up a community television station, but it’s far too expensive and just end up get bogged down in politics, logistical issues and fundraising.

Over the coming weeks we will be bringing you features, workshops, advice and product reviews from the world of community television. And hopefully show that community television doesn’t have to be just a dream it’s achievable even on a small budget.

Updated by Steve Day on 16  May 2016.

Updated by Bill Best on 17 May 2016.