Square Eyes posted:
I'd be interested to know exactly how much usable content the BBC have been supplied with from these ventures.
It all depends on the operators really as I've pretty much said before your average viewer isn't going to notice much difference between the BBC and ITV regional output's production values and that of Notts and Mustard TV. So surely some of their raw footage must be usable if the stories are big enough.
The thing is with community media projects with the vast majority of the workforce usually volunteers you have to be lucky to get the people that understand the branding and how the presentation looks and even if you have them the management will sometimes be blind to it. The presentation is only part of the problem here but it helps with the general perception of the service, it's also important to understand that the idea of 'community run media' probably isn't on the public consciousness, so the fact you are such an organisation won't mean viewers will expect a product that is rough round the edges.
I've not had a chance to watch Sheffield Live News properly yet, other than quick look through the videos here but I feel repetition of core programming elements is what is needed each night from 5pm. So and I apologise for the fantasy schedule but here's what I think.
You'd have this on your typical Monday night.
5pm Sheffield Live News
5:15 Talking Sheffield
5:45 Sheffield Live News (REPEAT)
6pm An hour of specialist programming targeting underserved minorities
7pm Footie Talk: A vocal Sheffield United and Wednesday fan get to do their phone in show
8pm hour as 5pm
9pm Specialist programme (repeat)
10pm hour as 7pm
11pm hour as 5pm
You'd probably swap the football out for most of the rest of the week but it should generally look like that. It's a schedule that understands people won't watch all night, so gives them as many chances to catch the core content.
Then the radio station could easily rely on a lot less automation, so some more general audience friendly programming with such delights as travel news in the morning would be a good addition to the TV channel as well as the radio and someone in Sheffield would surely be able to deliver it and they'd probably be someone to do it for free other community stations do it. I know it's meant to be something different in daytime but if you're too eclectic in terms of music across the day you'll keep no audience and your live specialist shows have more chance of an audience if there is larger audience throughout the day.
Last edited by Jon on 14 October 2014 11:36pm - 5 times in total