About Us

Community TV Trust [CTVT] specialises in local media, giving training to people of all ages and abilities, facilitating vision and production. It also produces films and educational DVDs. It campaigns and through its founder, Chris Haydon, gives talks and papers at conferences, seminars and educational events.
Media’s real power lies beyond the mainstream. When you link the media made with the life lived, media’s real potential is realized, its potential for serving the individual and society.
CTVT has no core funding and welcomes donations, volunteers and corporate enquiries regarding project sponsorship.
Much of its work is represented in its principle project, “Southwark.TV” [www.southwark.tv] which in turn has given rise to CTVT’s definition of local media in The Southwark Template. The formula WEB-EVENT-TV came directly from managing “Southwark.TV” (Click here to go the archived site).

2 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Dear Sir / Madam

    We are currently looking into funding to produce a local community TV channel for the county of Powys in Wales.

    Could you advise me on reading and organisations that i may apply to for advice and funding.

    Yours Sincerely

    Marc Jones

  2. Dear Marc,

    If you are thinking of broadcasting you could speak with Community Media Association and with Ofcom, the regulator, who will brief you on the basic parameters. However that route is expensive and complex, with overheads of consequence. Using the internet, once broadband is generally available to an area, makes most sense by reducing costs while increasing accessibility. I am trying to work up a model for FE Colleges to adopt, since they have a labour force who don’t need paying. The trick appears to be (a) finding a college who will support the initiative, perhaps by using a teaching unit such as ‘Social Action and Community Media Production’ (which actually exists and which I am currently teaching in a college in Hertfordshire (b) finding a group of students who connect with the thinking implicit in local media and engagement. Their heads are mainly in celebrity, special FX and music.
    As for funding the start of my “Southwark.TV” project, I bumped into a pot of money via the local authority and LSC. When that ran out five years ago I reverted to living off individual production and/or training projects and juggling volunteers.
    Let me know how you get on, I’d be pleased to keep in touch.
    Kind regards,

    Chris Haydon
    chris@communitytvtrust.org

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