Lights, camera, action: New TV station opens in Ilford
PUBLISHED: 12:09 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:09 26 July 2017
Redbridge has a local radio station, a local paper (ahem) and now its very own TV channel.
Due to “great viewing figures and a demand in the area”, KTV on Sky channel 8, has opened a studio in Argyle Road, Ilford.
The TV station airs community programmes of a cultural and religious nature, and told the Recorder they will be covering live events in the area.
“In the last six months I have seen the growth of the channel,” said Kulwant Singh, head of production at KTV.
“Out first studio launched in Birmingham but there was a big need to cater for people within the M25.
“We are a religious based channel but also have cultural and community programmes from around the world and we want to bring the community in Redbridge together.”
The channel is inviting residents to get involved and “give the community a voice” whether backstage or in front of the camera.
They are also appealing for female presenters to delivers live and prerecorded shows.
“You don’t have to be bilingual to present and we have an English girl who presents the breakfast show,” added Kulwant.
“We also want to give time to charities to have a platform to raise awareness and let the world know what is going on for people – local charities please get in touch. ”
The studio was donated to the TV station by building owner Sareena Sanger.
The site was a former care home, which she gifted to KTV as an act of charity.
“I gave this building to KTV,” she said.
“I wanted to give back and help promote the area and raise community interest.”
Redbridge Mayor Councillor Linda Huggett was in attendance at the event as was leader of the council Councillor Jas Athwal.
He said the presenter at the live launch show was very witty and seemed knowledgeable.
“I am really please that the channel is being launched in Redbridge,” he confessed.
“It is good not just for the Sikh community but the community as a whole, it is a real plus for everyone.”
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