Launched in January 2015, Corsham’s own local digital tv channel Corsham Television is now one year old.
It has already produced over 110 timely and relevant video stories about Corsham and the surrounding area, interviewed 91 people and its videos have been streamed for viewing over 20,000 times, all via the Corsham TV website www.corshamtv.tv.
Our local digital television channel is modelled on the mainstream TV catch-up services and is available anywhere 24/7, with videos viewed in themed playlists.
Corsham TV is part of the Digital Corsham initiative, set up and funded by the not-for-profit research charity, Corsham Institute.
Corsham TV supports community groups and events, local businesses and local people who have a story to tell, as well as conducting regular interviews with local MPs and both Wiltshire and Town Councillors.
Its first success was its local coverage of the General Election in May 2015 where it covered local hustings, streamed the results live and had the first video interview with the new MP, Michelle Donelan.
Later this year with its local community radio station partner, KIK RADIO, it will begin to stream live Wiltshire Council’s Corsham Area Board and the Corsham Town Council meetings to open them up to a wider digital online audience.
In the run up to Christmas the series of videos ’12 Days of a Corsham Christmas’ attracted record audiences and featured many community groups and local businesses, including the children of Corsham Primary School singing festive songs, with excerpts from their Nativity Plays.
The Chair of Corsham Town Council, Ruth Hopkinson, reflecting on the first year of Corsham TV told us;
- has given the residents of Corsham the opportunity to find out what is actually going on in the town,
- has shown Corsham off to its best advantage,
- is a great showpiece for all that is good in the town;
- has given the opportunity for local people to have their say;
- makes people feel good about the town they live in. It turned negative publicity into positive.”
Corsham TV engages with the community on social media and through regular public events in the town and surrounding areas.