On Wednesday (Jun 21) Llanelli Online was invited to appear on ‘Today’ at BAY TV to chat about the work we are involved with in Llanelli. After travelling up to Swansea on a very hot Summer Solstice day we were met by Today hosts, Gaina Morgan, Robert Llewellyn Jones and Henry Darby Cook.
During the day we chatted about Llanelli Online’s plans to launch a community radio station and Ustream channel for Internet TV broadcasts. Bay TV is a great facility serving the Swansea area and Llanelli Online has been learning a lot from our visits to the studio and chatting with one of the founders, Peter Curtis.
Bay TV Swansea is a local television station which broadcasts to Swansea and the towns of Llanelli, Neath and Port Talbot via the Kilvey Hill transmitting station.
The station went on air in July 2016 making it the second local television station in Wales after Made in Cardiff. Bay TV Swansea is based on the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s primary campus in Swansea. It was the 21st local television channel to be launched in the United Kingdom.[ The channel provides news, sport and entertainment programming to viewers on all major television platforms and provides some of its output without charge to the BBC. Bay TV Swansea was awarded its broadcasting licence from the Office of Communications in January 2014. Programmes include shared series with other local TV channels and the syndicated series Walks Around Britain.
It was apparent from chatting to the hosts that there is a demand for hyperlocal content as newspapers move further East and are swallowed up by Trinity Mirror. The void being left has caused concern for politicians including First Minister Carwyn Jones who has said that he welcomes the arrival of hyperlocal sites and believes that they should be given support.
You can watch the Today programme here.