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Brighton TV Channel Makes Debut




By Andrew Collins

It was lights, camera, green screen and digital magic today in Manchester Street at Brighton’s new TV studios. Built in the premises of Latest Bar, owned by Bill Smith who founded Latest 7 and Latest Homes magazine, this is the new home of his long planned venture Latest TV Channel.

Bill has been producing shows online for four years via Latest TV, but now his dream of having a proper broadcast channel for Brighton has been realised. It has taken him many years of hard work and raising finance to see the project come to fruition. Latest TV staff were on hand for the open day to demonstrate the new studio and control room and edit suite. Also several of the channel’s presenters were present to talk about their forthcoming shows.

Head of News Tim Ridgway interviews
Head of News Tim Ridgway interviews


One of them is Andrew Kaye, who also writes for Latest 7 Magazine. He has filmed a food show to be aired soon – International Chef Exchange. Much was filmed on location the West Country, Sicily and other fine locations where he met various chefs, food producers and discovered new recipes and inspiration.

coopsy.co.uk/thenews's William Mills with celebrity Rachel
the-news.co’s William Mills with celebrity Rachel

Latest TV owner Bill has made use of every available space on his Manchester Street premises, cramming in as much talent and equipment as possible. At the heart of it all sits an impressive named machine called the Tricaster 8000, evoking some form of futuristic droid. However, it is a powerful broadcast edit and live streaming suite with vast capabilities, turning the green screen studio into a £100,000 looking news room at the touch of a button. It really is remarkable.

Visitors were invited onto the set to try their hand at presenting, being fed live instructions from the control room, and further instructions from the autocue. Bill also plans to film music and comedy events in the basement bar and club of the premises. Latest TV won’t only be playing their own content. The motto of the TV station’s founder is ‘if you make it, we’ll screen it’, stating he has a very egalitarian approach to what will be put on the channel. “I believe TV should be democratic. So as well as the Latest team producing top class television we will be proud to show films and videos made by you, from Brighton and Hove, Adur and Worthing.”

Their TV license runs for 12 years, one of only 25 long term licenses recently awarded in the UK.

Latest TV launches on 28th August and will be on Freeview Channel 8 and Virgin 159 as well as being available online on demand. It is estimated over 400,000 people across Greater Brighton will be able to access the channel.  In addition to that, Latest TV will be available via TV Everywhere to any online device, truly putting Brighton and Hove on the world stage.


It’s exciting stuff, with secured in-house content such as Latest News providing bulletins three times a day, Brighton Lights, International Chef Exchange, The Vote, Latest Homes Live, Latest Sport, Mister Crime and Latest Comedy as well as short films and documentaries.

Brighton is now, finally, properly on the box.

For further information, visit: http://thelatest.co.uk/brighton/category/tv/

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