Community TV Trust
Community TV Trust [CTVT] seeds community media projects through the direct use of professional, student and young person volunteering. We work in Southwark - south London where a landmark open access community media project, "Southwark.TV" [www.southwark.tv], launched in 2003; in Cornwall - south west England where various media projects are under way including "St Ives.TV" [www.stives.tv]; on housing estates, with local authorities, with local IT groups, Sixth Form Colleges, and so on. CTVT was founded by Chris Haydon in 1997 and it registered as a charity in 2000. Haydon's background as a TV producer/director of 25 years in British broadcasting enables him to work across the whole array of media projects as facilitator and where necessary and applicable as hands-on producer. CTVT runs monthly film screening events in Southwark and in 2005 made two series of local TV discussion programmes for the UK's Community Channel. Currently CTVT is developing large scale projects - in the UK Somali community, and for West Bank Palestinians ... both to use the model of community media running in south London across the borough of Southwark. Media training and web publishing come together to help the ordinary citizen find their voice and have their say. The core of CTVT remains small with volunteering raised on a project basis. Through "Southwark.TV" there are links with like-minded organisations in Australia, Brazil, Myanmar and Palestine. Campaigning against the negativity rampant in mainstream media is increasingly part of CTVT's activities. Chris Haydon passionately believes in the latent positive powers of local media, for the individual and for the community.