A new TV channel for Vienna
It took quite a while, but Vienna will finally have a non-commercial Community TV station, almost a quarter century after most of the Western world.
However, it is not the worst moment to start such a project. First, more people have access to video production than ever before. Decent video equipment has become affordable for many, digital publication on the Internet or on DVD is no rocket science anymore, and you will hardly find a new mobile phone or photo camera on the market that does not come with some video feature. Creating your own media was never easier.
Second, there is not much to watch on the other Austrian channels anymore. This is the chance – and the challenge – for Community TV. Still based on voluntary production work, it can aim to fill at least some of the gaps that public broadcasting and the commercial stations in Austria leave neglected: the arts, film avantgarde, alternative music, theatre, literature, science and humanities, or programmes in languages of migrant communities.
Starting today, I will blog about the becoming of Vienna’s new TV station, presenting concepts, programmes, people and the large number of ways to get involved. And yes, I am not concealing that I am part of the station’s staff. So I can’t help this to be promotional. Hopefully.