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Recruiting now: Business Development Manager

Sheffield Live! is seeking an ambitious business development manager to help support our existing radio and TV clients and recruit new advertising, sponsorship and production business. You will be capable of working with local businesses, social enterprises, public sector and voluntary organisations, identifying their marketing and business goals and creating and pitching relevant sponsorship, advertising and production opportunities with Sheffield Live! radio, TV and online.

Sheffield Live! has attracted significant new business over the past two years, increasing our radio revenue and developing new opportunities with Sheffield Live! TV and online. You will ideally have previous local sales experience and contacts and a desire to move forward in your career by taking on a business development management role. We will offer you an attractive performance based remuneration.

Please email your CV and a covering letter stating why you want to work at Sheffield Live! to

Deadline: 31 March 2016.

Pet photo competition – prizes to win!

Do you have a photogenic pet, a cute kitty or handsome hound?

Then enter our competition – you could win vouchers from Cookes Pet Supplies AND your pet can bask in fame and adulation.

Whether your pet is a beloved moggy, pampered pooch, or perhaps a gerbil, hamster, or something more exotic – just send us a picture to enter.

As long as the photograph is of your own, legally owned pet, whether it’s cute, silly or simply posing for the camera, we’d love to see your best picture!

There are great prizes for winners:

• 1st prize: £25 voucher from Cookes Pet Supplies
• 2nd prize: £15 voucher from Cookes Pet Supplies
• 3rd prize: £10 voucher from Cookes Pet Supplies

How to enter

It’s really simple to enter. Just send your photograph to – please send files no larger than 4 MB.

The deadline to enter is 5pm on Monday, 21st March. All entrants will also receive a special voucher for a one-off discount at Cookes Pet Supplies.

We’ll publish your pictures online here at and in the daytime viewers’ pictures feed on Sheffield Live Television, and also on our facebook page.

And on 28 March our Sheffield Live team of animal loving judges will decide the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.

We’re grateful to Cookes Pet Supplies for sponsoring this competition. Family run since the 1940s, Cookes’ staff are trained nutritional advisors and are on hand to help with any special requirements your pet may need catering for. Visit their stores in Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham or find them online – click and collect is now available: and their facebook page is here.

Cookes Pet Supplies

Terms and Conditions

In addition to our normal standard terms and conditions of competition entry, the following special terms also apply to this competition:

1. Entrants retain copyright of their photographs but grant Sheffield Live and Cookes Pet Supplies unlimited useage rights to publish their photographs online only in articles and marketing material connected to this competition;

2. Only one entry per person – an entry comprises of one photograph;

3. You may only enter the competition if you are the owner of the copyright of the photograph you are submitting;

4. Photographs may not contain illegal or pornographic images;

5. The judges will be Sheffield Live! volunteers / staff; the judges’ decision regarding prizes will be final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding reasons for choices; no-one connected with the judges will be able to enter.

Enter the competition now – send a picture of your pet to

Win 2 tickets for the Brit Rock Film Tour on 30th November

Brit RockThe Brit Rock film tour is the first home grown adventure tour to emerge from the vibrant UK film making industry.

After the success of its inaugural 2014 launch the tour is back with a bang for 2015. Brit Rock comes right from the heart of the UK adventure scene, with liberal splashes of the inimitable British spirit.

And Sheffield Live has 2 tickets available to win, courtesy of Sheffield Students’ Union & Heason Events.

Focused on mountains this year, the tour will feature three stunning films: Wild Atlantic (Craig Hiller), Operation Moffatt (Jen Randall) & Citadel (Alastair Lee), the world’s first mountaineering documentary filmed entirely in 4K.

Leading adventure film maker Alastair Lee is back with a brand new mountain film for 2015, Citadel, featuring UK alpinists Matt Helliker and Jon Bracy embarking on a first ascent in a stunning and remote corner of the Alaskan wilderness. The world’s first 4k mountain film, a truly amazing spectacle.

This feature is supported by the BMC TV production by Jen Randel and Claire Carter, Operation Moffat, an inspiring and charming archive account of Britain’s first female mountain guide, the amazing Gwen Moffat (now 92).

Adding to the program will be the superb short Wild Atlantic, a montage of all things climbing on the west coast of Ireland by climbing photographer Craig Hiller.

To enter the competition just email your name, daytime phone number and your answer to the following question to by NOON on Monday 30th November:

What is the name of Britain’s first female mountain guide?

By entering you accept Sheffield Live’s standard competition terms and conditions. Over 18s only.

More about the Brit Rock film tour.

Win tickets for The War on Drugs, 9 July

Since the release of their third album, the much lauded ‘Lost In The Dream’ in 2014, The War On Drugs, driven by the creative force of Adam Granduciel, continue to triumph.

And next week you have the opportunity to hear them live in Sheffield, at O2 Academy Sheffield.

Tickets are available to buy here – but the lovely folks at O2 Academy Sheffield have a pair of tickets available to win in a special Sheffield Live competition.

To enter, just email by midnight on Tuesday 7th July with your name, telephone number, and youranswer to the following question:

Name the support act for The War on Drugs at Sheffield on 9th July.

Entries are in line with our standard competition terms and conditions.

The winner of a pair of tickets will be informed on Wednesday 8th July.

New What’s On show – your guide to daily events and activities


Sheffield Live’s ‘What’s On’ television programme – weekdays at 6:05pm – is your guide to the huge range of events and activities taking place in Sheffield throughout the week.

Featuring interviews and previews of upcoming gigs, sporting events, shows, culture, and all sorts of activities, if you want to stay informed about interesting events in Sheffield you need to watch What’s On. Catch the show live at 6:05pm every weekday: Freeview Channel 8, Virgin Cable 159 and or catch up with recent episodes below (and other recent episodes here).

What’s On – Friday 29th May episode:

Presenter Alex Ashmore guides us through the weekend's listings, talks to Ryan Finnigan from Five & Dime Picture Show about their screening series and visits the Lantern Theatre to speak to the cast of the recent production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

What's On – Friday 29th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.


What’s On presenter Kurt Sullivan visits Crack The Code Sheffield, a challenging new escape game:

What’s On visits Crack The Code Sheffield from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Wednesday 27th May episode:

Presenter Jordan Roberts is joined by Pecha Kucha Sheffield’s Pennie Raven to talk about their unique events, and we take a look at the recent Sheffield Young Artists exhibition.

What’s On – Wednesday 27th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Tuesday 26th May episode:

Presenter Oliver Dartnell Machin is joined in the studio by former boxer Dave Perkins, who traded life in the ring for a career as a professional singer, and we take a look at Afrofest, an event created to celebrate African culture in Sheffield.

What’s On – Tuesday 26th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Monday 25th May episode:

Presenter Laura Bilinski takes a look at the recent Ratha Yatra Festival and we look at Sheffield’s Movie-Park Drive In Cinema.

What’s On – Monday 25th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Friday 22nd May episode:

Alex Ashmore chats to young alternative rock band INTO THE RED, and we take a look at the recent DO IT ANYWAY Festival.

What’s On – Friday 22nd May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Wednesday 20th May episode:

Presenter Jordan Roberts talks to Chella Quint about the Period Positive Project, and we take a look at the recent One Sheffield Many Cultures Festival.

What’s On – Wednesday 20th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Tuesday 19th May episode:

Presenter Oliver Dartnell-Machin talks to Abigail Barragry about the upcoming Broomhill festival, and we take a look at the Weston Park Fayre which took place this Saturday.

What’s On Tuesday 19th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Monday 18th May episode:

Presenter Laura Bilinski talks to Liam Rodgers about UpScribe, a social publisher that works to help vulnerable adults and young people to engage in the community and boost their personal development through creative writing. Laura also went down to Wardsend Cemetery to find out about the work of the Livesey Street Project.

What’s On Monday 18th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Friday 15th May episode:

Presenter Alex Ashmore talks to Helen Mort about the upcoming South Yorkshire Poetry Festival, and we take a look at what Media Production students get up to at Norton College.

What’s On Friday 15th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Thursday 14th May episode:

Presenter Kurt Sullivan talks to Robert Webb about his Eurovision alternative, Not the Eurovision. Kurt also went down to Kelham Island Museum and spoke to chief executive John Hamshere about the museum’s importance and Sheffield’s industrial past.

What’s On Thursday 14th from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Wednesday 13th May episode:

Presenter Jordan Roberts talks to Sara Hill about the Festival of Debate which recently finished, and What’s On went down to talk to Mark Atkin about this years upcoming Docfest.

What’s On Wednesday 13th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Tuesday 12th May episode:

Presenter Oliver Dartnell Machin talks to David Reid about the upcoming Hopes and Fears art exhibition, the exhibition features artwork created by people with dementia, or carers. Oliver also went down to Wincobank Chapel to talk to Sing for Joy, an all female choir that sing for the fun of it!

What’s On Tuesday 12th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Monday 11th May episode:

Presenter Laura Bilinski talks to Steve Rimmer about the not-for-profit ticket sales organisation ‘Party for the People’, and What’s On goes cheer leading mad at Cheermania, Sheffield’s very own amazing cheer leading squad.

What’s On Monday 11th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What Next?

Filmmakers and musicians invited to enter 2Weeks 2Make It

Budding and established filmmakers and musicians are invited to enter South Yorkshire’s very own music video competition – which has a £500 cash prize. 2Weeks2Make it is a music video competition, now in its 7th year.


  • you think you’ve got what it takes to make a music video;
  • your band wants a boost in online promotion;
  • your filmmaking show-reel needs a little diversity;
  • or maybe you are interested in working with new people,

2Weeks2Make it is open for an excellent creative vehicle for making new contacts in the film and music industry.

Past Winners:

Check out the 2013 Audience Award winner (‘Fine Line Between Love and Crime’ by Ham Pocket’), and the Critics’ Choice Winner (‘Boat I Row’ by Sea Monster Eyes’).

If you are excited by the challenge of making and completing a music video in just two weeks, then get your applications in today!

Key dates:

From Brazil to steel city for folk fan

Dave Eyre and Sam Hindley of Sheffield Live's Thank Goodness It's Folk programme and guest Tiago Lucas

Dave Eyre and Sam Hindley of Sheffield Live’s Thank Goodness It’s Folk programme and guest Tiago Lucas

Thank Goodness It’s Folk, which airs every Friday from 10am to noon, is a long-running staple of the Sheffield Live schedule. Some of its listeners enjoy it through FM radio (93.2FM in Sheffield) and some through the livestream from and apps like tunein.

This means that Thank Goodness It’s Folk – like most of our shows – attracts a worldwide listenership.

So it was great to invite a listener and folk fan from across the world into the Sheffield Live radio studio this Friday to participate in Thank Goodness It’s Folk.

Tiago Lucas is an English teacher and fan of all folk music of the British Isles. Tiago is from Santo André, a Brazilian municipality located in the metropolitan region of São Paulo.

Tiago is a regular and long-standing listener to the show, currently living in Dublin. Sangita Basudev, chief executive of Sheffield Live, said,

“we’re absolutely thrilled that Tiago enjoys the show – and we were delighted to welcome him to visit us and take part.”

Listen to the podcast of the latest (17/10/14) episode of Thank Goodness It’s Folk.

The MADE Festival has been described as the “Glastonbury of Business,” attracting thousands of entrepreneurs and hundreds of speakers from all around the world to Sheffield. Musician and entrepreneur Levi Roots was one of the keynote speakers and spoke with Sheffield Live! about mentoring, passion, and lessons for young people.

Reporting by Jamie Veitch and Steven Day.

You can hear more interviews from the MADE Festival with entrepreneurs including Shaa Wasmund, Jamal Edwards, and with Brendan Moffett of Marketing Sheffield on our Business Live radio programme: Friday, 9-10am on 93.2fm and podcasted afterwards.

Big Investment Project launches

Business leaders have launched a new investment project to help Sheffield’s economy. The Big Investment Project aims to bring new opportunities for people and businesses in South Yorkshire and the North Midlands. David Richards spoke to David Thurkettle, the incoming President of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, at a special launch event at Sheffield’s Millennium Galleries, held in the run up to this year’s MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival.

Reporting by David Richards and Rachel Vine.

Sheffield Live! TV – how and what to watch

Sheffield Live! TV is Sheffield’s new local TV channel, launching today (watch news item here). How can you watch it – and what will it cover? Jamie Veitch explains.

It all began when a group of Sharrow community activists made a radio broadcast, from a caravan, of a four-day festival in Sharrow in 2000.

Sharrow Live – as the radio transmission was known – became Sheffield Live! 93.2FM – a community radio station, and secured a full time license to broadcast on FM radio from October 2007.

In the 7 years since Sheffield Live! has built up an eclectic and diverse schedule of radio programming featuring passionate, knowledgeable presenters, and a loyal audience of around 40,000 listeners per week.

Shows, presented by volunteers, cover local music scenes and genres including rock, folk, garage, 50s classics, ska, reggae and more. Other radio programming includes comedy, business news and interviews, film reviews, arts discussion, and topical “Communities Live” show.

Now Sheffield Live! starts a new phase, as Sheffield’s local television channel. Sheffield Live! TV, begins broadcasting this evening on Freeview Channel 8, Virgin Cable and the internet, part of a “cross-platform” media offer unique in the UK.

The new local TV service is set to broadcast news about Sheffield, alongside programmes covering Sheffield music, sport, culture and much more.

Sangita Basudev

Sangita Basudev

Sangita Basudev, Director of Programming at Sheffield Live, commented,

“Our flagship daily news programme, from 6:30pm to 7pm, will give Sheffielders the latest news and key stories from the city – and our news team have already been actively covering key issues. After the news bulletin, discussion show Talking Sheffield will enable Sheffielders to dissect the topics they care most about.”

News and debate – great! What else can you watch?

From 8pm to midnight, the channel will show new, original productions: sport, comedy, music, and more – from independent local producers, as well as video streaming of shows from the existing community radio station. And we will welcome your input, calling on Sheffielders to get involved and to bring your ideas to the station.

What’s local TV all about?

Sheffield’s local TV service comes in the first wave of local stations launching this year across the UK, in cities including Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Belfast, Bristol and Oxford. All will be available within their local area on Freeview channel 8 and through Virgin cable. Sheffield’s unique geography means the city, and the local channel, have had to wait for Ofcom’s appointed infrastructure provider to build the technology necessary to enable Sheffielders to tune in. But the city was nearly not included in the Government’s first wave of places to get a local TV license.

Steve Buckley, SLTV Chair

Steve Buckley, SLTV Chair

Steve Buckley, Chair of SLTV, commentss:

When Ofcom, the Government’s media regulator, initially advertised the opportunities to bid for local TV licenses in 19 cities in 2012, Sheffield wasn’t even on the list of the first areas. So a number of local social enterprises, businesses, education organisations, and individuals, along with the national Community Media Association, based in Sheffield, and supported by local MPs, lobbied hard for Sheffield to get its own local TV channel in this first wave.

“Once Ofcom accepted that Sheffield should have a local license, three companies bid for the right to operate it. SLTV – a locally owned organisation – secured the license.

“We know that Sheffielders want more local news, and programming about our city’s exciting music scene, local sport, our heritage and events to watch on TV. Sheffield Live TV will deliver this. And uniquely compared with other local TV channels Sheffield Live TV is community owned – it’s part of a society setup for community benefit which earlier this year raised over £165,000 of investment through a community share issue in which ordinary Sheffielders became part owners of their local media.”

So what’s going to be on?

The channel will operate “on a public access model, providing a platform for local talent – Made in Sheffield, Made by you.” The flagship daily news programme will cover Sheffield news in depth. Other programmes will cover Sheffield’s “rich, varied, and diverse” music, events, culture, arts, and sports and include:

  • What’s On Sheffield – a magazine based events round-up with video clips and guests (film, music, theatre, clubs – 6pm every weekday)
  • Sheffield Live! News – our flagship, 30 minute television news programme (news headlines, interviews, reportage – 6:30pm daily).
  • Talking Sheffield – our daily (weekdays) news, culture, sports and community affairs show, from 7pm to 8pm each weekday – and repeated at 9am the next day – with presenters including Max Munday, Alan Biggs, Jawwad Janjua and Brigidin Crowther.
  • community gardening show Grassroots that will inspire you to get the best from your garden (Thursdays from 8pm-8:30pm and repeated 10am and 4pm on Fridays).
  • Urban Expression – the best in hip hop underground from Jose Spinola and Phil Robinson, every Tuesday evening from 9pm-11pm.
  • Peak Signal 2 Noise – (Saturdays, 21:00-21:30) – Sheffield is known as a pioneer music city…but what is less celebrated is its true musical underground: cutting-edge experimental music and arts, avant-garde approaches that challenge the status quo. Peak Signal 2 Noise will help give back a voice to the true alternatives in Sheffield, enabling the scene to articulate itself effectively alongside the already well-heard musical mainstream.
  • Nice Out Innit? – Dave Hodgson visits places of interest for a good day out across the region. Places visited include Stately Homes and sites of Historical Interest, Wildlife Trusts, Adventure Trails with lots for children to do, Village Festivals and Markets, Museums and Activity Centres – in fact anywhere that will appeal to families and children as well as older people. (Wednesdays, 8pm-8:30pm – and repeated at 10am and 4pm on Thursdays).
  • Chips – UTC students Bradley, Ed, Oliver and Conor discuss the latest on the tech scene: robotics, virtual reality, gadgets and prosthetics. Reviews and interviews will cover interesting community uses of technology, open source initiatives, how technology is transforming lives, and amazing geek initiatives. (Mondays, 8:30pm then repeated on Tuesday daytime).
  • Cool Beans – a melting pot of comedy sketches, special guests and good times, presented by legendary local DJ and promoter Chris Arnold and team (Saturdays, 8pm-8:30pm).
  • Sport on Saturday and on Sunday – 7pm to 8pm for dedicated sports news and coverage;

and a diverse schedule of further programmes: music, sports (including The Sheffield Sharks basketball) – and more – see for more details.

Who can watch and how do you watch?

You can watch SLTV through Freeview Channel 8 if you are tuned to the Crosspool transmitter in Sheffield and through Virgin Cable channel 159 in Sheffield (plans are also underway to add another Freeview transmitter, at Grenoside). About 450,000 people will be able to watch through these routes.

Steve Buckley, chair of SLTV Ltd., adds “Sheffield Live Television will reflect the interests of Sheffield people and communities – and provide a platform for local talent and opportunities for local businesses. It will be an open, diverse and inclusive channel, locally owned and run for community benefit. We look forward to providing Sheffield with the local news and types of programming they’ve asked for from a new local TV channel.”

Sheffield Live! TV is locally owned and run for community benefit. Get involved, send us your photos, news stories or what you want to see on air. Call us on 0114 281 4082 or email

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