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| The Open Channel
Television Company Limited ( T.V.Base )
Open Channel TV Base believes that Community
Television provides a forum for the voiceless. It is
a tool of democracy and equality. Poverty and
marginalisation can cause an effective loss of voice
for those who live in a consumer society.
Empowering people is about choice. Community
Television is about giving people access to
facilities, training and the means of
transmission. Equal access for all means a
levelling of barriers to allow greater freedom of
Open Channel was set up in 1990 as a not for
profit community development organisation dedicated
to the establishment of a Community Television
service in Ireland. Its aim is to promote
community based television by developing the
necessary infrastructures, training strategies and
information networks which will form the backbone of
Community Television in Ireland.
Since its inception Open Channel has established
links with Community Television groups and stations
internationally as well as with groups and
individuals interested in Community Television and
video in Ireland. Open Channel is part of a
movement of similar organisations dedicated to the
promotion of Community Television and video as a tool
for community development through the World.
- To promote Community Access TV as powerful tool
in Community Development.
- To promote the use of video as an accessible and
potent medium for conducting developmental and
issue based work with young people.
- To empower young people through the development
of an audio-visual literacy, with the means,
ability and desire to
communicate effectively and equally within the
society in which they live.
- To maximise the potential for learning from the
broad range of experiences of those involved in
the sue of video, in community and youth context,
- To make contact with and provide information to
community and voluntary groups, county arts
officers etc. on community television.
- To research and develop the infrastructure
necessary for community television.
- To support the development of a network of
community based television producers.
- To establish a database of available resources
for organisations interested in Community
- To further develop our archive of community
COMMUNITY ACCESS TELEVISION
We call for the establishment of an independent
and autonomous community access television network...
Statement of Principles
Various events and projects that O.C.T.V.
organised and\or participated in.
Selected Key Events /
Teic Eile 97 was the second in what the organisers
hope will be an on-going annual event, offering
week-long residential workshops in audio visual
production to young people aged 18-22 yrs.
Digital production and post production
technologies are more widespread in the television
and film industry, although high quality analogue
equipment will continue to be in use for some
TV Training Courses run by Open Channel taking
place at 59 Merrion Sq., Dublin 2,
TV Training Courses
Anyone Can Make TV
A Community Television
to Community Access Television sites
Channel Television Company
59, Merrion Square,
Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel + 353 1 6620950
Fax + 353 1 6620950
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