Skills Training on Offer as Wirral TV Site Launched; Backers Aim to Bring Station on to Freeview

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Byline: BY LIAM MURPHY Daily Post Staff

A NEW television production station could be broadcasting on Freeview within a couple of years, according to those behind the scheme.

Set up as a non-profit making social enterprise, Wirraltv launched its website with a party at Birkenhead's Williamson Art Gallery.

The site features short films by residents of the peninsula as part of a broader training package which aims to help long-term unemployed, community groups and schoolchildren make films.

Development manager Mike Power said the website would focus on the area up to and including Ellesmere Port and Neston, but would also feature aspects of local life which affect Wirral, such as the Capital of Culture celebrations.

The project, backed by five local community trusts, offers training in all aspects of television production, and aims to help unemployed people gain media skills to enter the television industry or higher education.

Mr Power said: "At some stage, it has to make money and stand on its own two feet, but it's nonprofit making, which means any money it makes over costs will be invested in further equipment or put back into the community."

He said: "The emphasis is getting people from the community making films - 75% of the people filming at this launch were long-term unemployed, people who would never have thought they would do this. …