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Chief Minister Tries to Steal RiotACTs Idea

By che 31 August 2005 49

John Stanhope and TransACT are trying to steal RiotACTs thunder by starting up their own totally local television channel focusing entirely on local content and issues to be broadcast on TransACT. So get out those digital video cameras boys and girls becuase I’m sure they’ll be looking for content to fill up all that time.

The Chief Ministers Media Release is below (I’m sure they’ll get it up on the web sometime this year)


Chief Minister Jon Stanhope will on Thursday launch Channelvision, a new Canberra television channel that will be broadcast on TransACT’s Channel One.

Channelvision is believed to be a first for any city in Australia – a totally local television channel focusing entirely on local content and issues and employing only local staff and presenters.

When: 10:30am Thursday 1 September
Where: Canberra Business Promotion Centre
Regatta Point, Commonwealth Park, Acton

Anyone going to the launch we’d love to hear about it.

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terubo 3:56 pm 07 Sep 05

Dear Mr Eye,
You get on and make the stuff – we’ll be the judge. First rule of tv production.

Maelinar 3:53 pm 07 Sep 05

Approach us for some live content then since you obviously work there Mr Eye.

Start with replaying past episodes of IB, and then we’ll talk about current affairs of the day pertaining to Canberra at the Durham Arms every Friday live.

It’ll be a hoot and a holler, a little in the vein of Waynes World, hip, cool, superfantastic and of course, you’ll all get to see me in my first presentation as I plan to eventually conquer the world and known universe. It’ll be historical, infact you must do it, as you’ll be making history.

Kerces 3:49 pm 07 Sep 05

Interesting feedback Eye. But worth remembering the line things noticed and my impressions from the launch this morning. That’s all they were, my impressions.

I only saw pretty young thngs doing the presenting (and one of them is well known to me), so that’s what I said. It felt to me like they were all talking slowly and carefully, as in being careful not to let nerves get the better of them and make them rush, so that’s what I said.

However I will say I have no television experience myself yet.


Thumper 3:29 pm 07 Sep 05

Thank you for the paid advertisement.

The Eye 3:09 pm 07 Sep 05

ChannelVision is in fact a first for Australian TV. Indeed, there has been community television stations set up before in other cities, but ChannelVision is not community television. It is a fully commercial pay TV channel focussing specifically on the ACT and surrounding areas.
As for being a mouthpiece for the Stanhope government, what a joke! Just because Stanhope officially launched the channel does not mean he actually has anything to do with it. As Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope officially opens dozens of different things every month. Are these all his mouthpieces too?
ChannelVision is not ‘a heap of ads pretending to be stories’ either. The channel will produce high quality feature stories that will be of interest to Canberrans. However, there will be the opportunity for local businesses to promote themselves on the channel.
I would also like to point out that all the presenters are not ‘pretty young things.’ All the presenters are of varying ages ranging from about 20-55. And to say that they are all ‘talking very carefully,’ what is this based on?
The reason that the launch presentation showed all the presenters on the same set background, was because they were the pilots for each show and as such were all filmed on one set. Once the Channel becomes fully established there will be many sets and each show will be able to establish its own identity.
All in all, ChannelVision will be great for Canberra and a great launch vehicle for local talent!

homebrewed 8:10 am 02 Sep 05

terubo… you are right… channelvision will be awesome for local filmmakers to get their stuff screened…

the comment was in relation to the fact that any content of quality has an economic value… one that is open to distortion when it can be shown on the “TV”

no connection to any film festival

terubo 3:27 pm 01 Sep 05

Yeah, I’d say it definitely has its advantages for the local filmmakers. Like others though, I don’t have TransACT…

Kerces 2:41 pm 01 Sep 05

Ok I’m told the presenters get fully paid (on a casual basis) for their work on the station and it works out at about 10-20 hours per week. Nice job for an aspiring journalism/media student…

Kerces 2:33 pm 01 Sep 05

Have a look at their website, terubo. There’s not one but TWO programs in the current bunch about Canberra’s film industry and short film presence. I guess it’s easy for the Channelvision people to get the contacts…

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