FINLANDSSVENSK LOKAL-TV r.f.
Phone +358 (0)6 7220 041
The Finland-Swedish Local TV Association
The very first local
TV transmission took place in 1972 in Nykarleby by what is known today
as NY-TV. Today theres 24 community TV stations in the Swedish-speaking
parts of Finland. Seven of them are located in the southern Finland
and the rest are in Ostrobothnia, the west coast. 18 of these stations
are more active with regular transmissions. Most of the community TV
stations started during the 80s. According to the
survey that was made in 1995 the average age of them was 10 years
and it was in 1993 that the most recent station was started. During
1995 the 22 different local TV stations that was part of the survey
together broadcasted a total of 1480 hours of programming, which at
the time was more than FST, the Finland-Swedish section of the Finnish
public service TV network, broadcasted in Finland.
The work within
these local TV stations has through the years always been and still
is performed on a voluntary basis. Today four of the stations have hired
persons coordinating the work. Characteristic for the local TVs
is that enthusiasts and otherwise interested people has started up their
own local TV station and begun producing programs. They have passed
on the knowledge gained by them to new co-workers joining the stations.
The labour behind the Finland-Swedish community television is impressing
as it has evolved into producing programs that can be seen by half of
the Finland-Swedish population - 150 000 potential viewers. And when
it comes to technical development the local TVs are also in the
frontline, 19 of the stations are DV-equipped and several also have
fully digital editing suites.
Local TV Association was founded in 1993, and the goal was to consolidate
and help develop the community television. Already back in 1990 the
first Videoforum was arranged. Videoforum has since that went on into
being a yearly recurring seminar for those involved in community TV.
The agenda consists of e.g. lectures, current information, TV-tech exhibitions
and the very popular and encouraging video competition where the best
local TV production of the year is chosen. Another important role for
the Association is to keep its members (in year 2001 the Association
had 15 members) informed about current events on the media scene both
nationally and internationally. The board has throughout the years also
arranged other courses matching the needs of the members. Examples are
courses in program production, lighting, audio, digital editing etc.
Since August of
2001 the Association has employed a coordinator for its activities.
This has given the Association the possibility to in a much more active
way help the community television develop and move ahead into the future.
Its now of great importance to help the local TV stations adapt
to all aspects of the new digital future; new technology, digital transmissions
and digital program archives. The digital technology will enable the
community television to stand out much more than in the past providing
them with a variety of new possibilities. It will be possible for the
stations to function as an educational platform for youths, organizations,
schools, media students etc. The community TV has a whole new spectrum
of possibilities in the digital future.
For more information,
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