Thursday, September 06, 2007

Kent Council TV update

I see that since my posting on Monday, that KCC announced later in the day, seven kent based production companies would be producing content for their Kent TV (the Rate payer funded TV channel).

Now a question that comes immediatly to mind, is what is the role of Ten Alps, the company that has been awarded the 1.2 million pounds contract for the next 2 years. Assuming that the money for these additional production companies is coming from the same pot, then I suppose one cannot complain to much, except if you care to take a look and the location of these production companies, 5 of which are located in the centre of Kent around Maidstone and Ashford, with just a couple in perhaps more social deprived areas (Sittingbourne and Faversham).

It would be interesting to see whether Ten Alps thought to contact local video makers such as er... myself or ECR, well I can answer for myself and the answer is no, and I´m willing to bet that no effort was made to recruit ECR either, which begs the question, just what community are KCC & Ten Alps serveing.

Anyway given the likely content, I doubt anyone could produce something worth wathching, choke on this lot "greener lifestyles", "local helath issues", "kent volunteers".

If you´d like the full facts from the KCC press release click here, incidently at this point things are still a little confused as to the start date, mention has been made of 21st September "formal launch" at its studios. I get the feeling that things are probably not too well though out, as far as this enterprise is concern, the original announcement appeared rushed and poorly though out as I think will be the product.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like another Maidstone stitch-up to me. Didn't see any notification in any of the trade papers. Or the local papers. At least KOS had the good grace to trawl YouTube and approach some local filmmakers for their TV new channel.

    Still, that's the way TV works. It's not what you know it's who you know.

    By the way, Kent Barker is his real name. Nice chap. Used to work on C4 News.

    This is Kent Barker, for Kent TV, Kent.