Peterborough TV organisers look to sharpen up their plans

Director Jim Boulton, charity trustee Mark Mason and station director Alex Geairns live on-air from the Peterborough Beer Festival 2015.

Director Jim Boulton, charity trustee Mark Mason and station director Alex Geairns live on-air from the Peterborough Beer Festival 2015.

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Hereward Television is staging a discovery evening at The Brewery Tap, in Westgate, on December 15 from 7.30pm.

Visitors will be able to see presentations, promo videos and hear about the progress being made by Hereward Television to take to the airwaves.

Hereward TV station director Alex Geairns said: “Hereward Television has already captured the imagination of our community. Citizens want to have this outlet, to give us all a voice.”

Nik Fox, Hereward TV’s technical director, said: “Subject to the granting of relevant licences by Ofcom, our channel aims to initially be available via Virgin Media, with the forward plan of coming to the Freeview service on Channel 8.

“It’s ambitious, but achievable, as we will explain next Tuesday.”

Ofcom has awarded 34 Local TV licences in the UK and those behind the project say they want to make sure the region does not miss out.

Hereward TV was launched as part of this year’s Peterborough CAMRA Beer Festival.

A charitable community initiative, covering the Peterborough conurbation and the greater Fenlands, the evening will offer the chance for visitors to meet those behind the venture.

Mr Geairns said: “On the night you can find out how to be part of the action, in particular the new skills you can learn in information technology, administration and production.

“There will be a chance to register your interest, so you can be kept up-to-date with developments, find out what it’s like to be involved behind the scenes, how to produce your own series, and even try your hand at being a presenter.

“Local businesses will also find out how they can benefit.”