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Sheffield welcomes new and returning students

It’s Fresher’s Week and students from all over the world are coming to Sheffield to begin or resume their studies. Sheffield Live! TV spoke to Emily Connor, president of Sheffield Hallam University Student Union, about welcoming the students; and to students themselves about their plans. Report by Baillor Jalloh and Charlotte Reid.

City consults on learning disability services

Sheffield City Council are asking the public to reshape the care offered to people with learning disabilities in the City. The eight week consultation started last week and continues until 4th November. Councillor Mary Lea, the cabinet member for Health, Care and Independent Living spoke to Sheffield Live! TV about the consultation. Report by Charlotte Reid.

Sheffield Live! TV launches today

 

From a caravan in Sharrow to an FM radio station, to digital TV – community broadcaster Sheffield Live! starts a new phase in its journey today (Tuesday 23 September).

The new local channel will provide the city with local news, programming produced by local people and archive material. A founding member of Sheffield Live! Sangita Basudev, talks with Charlotte Reid about today’s launch.

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Wargamers raise thousands for Cancer charity

This weekend a 24 hour Macmillan Cancer charity fundraising event took place in Sheffield. Sheffield Live! went along to speak with organisers and participants, including Chris Murdock of Outpost Wargaming and Dave Wilkinson of Wargamers Against All Cancer (WAAC).

Shot and Edited by Jonathan Harrold. Voiceover: Vicky Kilby

TV channel hits launch funding target

Sheffield Live TV, the local television channel for Sheffield, has achieved its launch fundraising target – with over 100 supporters applying to become “community shareholders”.

Sheffield Community Media Ltd, a new community benefit society which owns Sheffield Live TV, has raised £160,000 through community shares and social investment commitments: nearly £10,000 more than its target.

The crowdfunding initiative to put Sheffield’s local TV channel into community ownership is the first of its kind in the UK media sector enabling Sheffield people, businesses and voluntary organisations to participate as investors in a society to support local community media.

In the last 7 days of fundraising, nearly £20,000 was generated, taking the campaign over the target it needed to achieve by 14 August. Over 100 individuals, businesses and voluntary organisations have each applied for between £100 and £20,000 worth of community shares. The cash will be used to purchase equipment and complete studio facilities for public access and independent production. Sheffield Community Media intends to pay its community shareholders a modest rate of interest.

The new TV channel will broadcast on Freeview Channel 8, Virgin Cable, and the internet. Once on air, from 23 September, it will benefit from revenue via a contract to supply news to the BBC – as well as local and national advertising and sponsorship. The channel will collaborate with existing community radio station, Sheffield Live!, which has been broadcasting via FM for nearly seven years.

Sheffield Live TV will broadcast news about Sheffield alongside programmes covering Sheffield music, sport, culture and much more. It promises unique, high quality content, “Made in Sheffield, Made by you.” A flagship daily news programme will cover Sheffield news in depth while other programmes will cover Sheffield’s “rich, varied, and diverse”  music, events, culture, arts, and sports.

Steve Buckley, the Chair of the new TV channel and a director of Sheffield Community Media, said:

“We are delighted that so many Sheffield people and organisations have shown their support for Sheffield Live TV and community-owned media by applying for community shares. We’d like to thank them for their support and we look forward to their involvement in the channel.  We are in the final phase of our planning to launch Sheffield Live TV which will be locally owned and run for community benefit.  We aim to develop a multimedia news service and to deliver original, locally-made programming, reflecting the interests and talent of Sheffield people and communities.”

Sheffield Community Media Ltd has raised £90,000 in community share applications and pledges from 114 individuals and businesses and a further £70,000 in social investment loans from the Key Fund, a community development finance institution. Sheffield Community Media Ltd is a society for the benefit of the community incorporated under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965. Registered with the Financial Conduct Authority. Registration No: 31727R. Registered address: 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX

Sheffielders becoming media owners!

A Sheffield campaign inviting anyone who lives, works, or has interests in Sheffield to own their very own television channel has reached over 90% of its fundraising target with one week left to the closing date.

Sheffield Community Media has now raised £136,050* through its Pioneer and Community Share Offer and in investment commitments.

And excitement is building about the plans, as the launch date for Sheffield Live Television was revealed today.

Sheffield Community Media is in the final leg of fundraising to purchase equipment and finish the studio facilities for public access and independent production.

Once on air, it will benefit from revenue via a contract to supply some news to the BBC – as well as local and national advertising. But it needs to reach its £150,000 target in the next 7 days and is offering Sheffielders a chance to invest and to be involved – and it aspires to pay investors a modest return.

Scores of Sheffield individuals have already become “community share” owners. People like Jodie Marsh, who said:

“I would really like to take shares in this project as I believe it’s a great opportunity for Sheffield, and as someone working on the frontline in Sheffield within the arts and working with young people and educating them in this area, I believe it could be a great opportunity for Sheffield to put even more onto the creative map of the UK.”

And Peter Johnson, who said: “I’m buying shares in Sheffield Community Media because I’ve always been a huge fan of Sheffield Live radio and if the television channel is going to be anything like the output of the radio, it’ll be a great service for Sheffield.”

Plenty of businesses, social enterprises and organisations are involved. Organisations such as MK PR, The Sheffield Window Centre, Heason Events, Wosskow Brown Solicitors, Thornbridge Brewery / The Greystones, Mercury Taxis, The Sheffield College, The Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, and many more have invested, pledged support, and/or booked advertising.

Read about others here.

It’s easy to get involved, as a personal or organisational shareholder, with a minimum commitment of £100 which can be paid in 10 instalments if preferred.

If you love the idea of locally owned media bringing you great local news and programming, then please become a shareholder in Sheffield Community Media Ltd.

Act quickly – the deadline is 14th August.

The “Pioneer and Community Share Offer” prospectus is available at www.sheffieldlive.org/shares

Questions about the Pioneer and Community Share Issue: call 0114 281 4082 or email shares@sheffieldlive.org

*Sheffield Community Media Ltd has to date (7 August) raised £66,050 in community share applications received from Sheffield individuals and businesses and £70,000 in offers of loan finance from social investors. It is a society for the benefit of the community incorporated under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965. Registered with the Financial Conduct Authority. Registration No: 31727R. Registered address: 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX

Launch date for Sheffield’s new local television channel announced

The countdown has begun for Sheffield’s local television channel as Sheffield Live Television’s launch date has been revealed.

Sheffield Live! Television will begin broadcasting, via Freeview channel 8, Virgin Cable and the internet, on Tuesday 23rd September.

The television channel will broadcast news about Sheffield alongside programmes covering Sheffield music, sport, culture and much more.

It promises unique, high quality content, “Made in Sheffield, Made by you.” A 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.

The channel will collaborate with existing community radio station, Sheffield Live!, which has been broadcasting via FM for nearly seven years; and will benefit from a contract to supply some content to the BBC.

The license for the channel was secured in November 2012 after Ofcom – the Government’s media regulator – advertised licenses in Sheffield and 20 locations.  Sheffield Local Television Ltd, wholly owned by Sheffield Community Media Ltd, was the winning applicant for the Sheffield local TV service.

Since then, SLTV has appointed a launch team, supported programme development, and worked with the other local television channels and with Ofcom as the national and local infrastructure needed to deliver local television was progressed.

Steve Buckley, chair of SLTV Ltd., said “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 are thrilled to be able to announce our launch date and look forward to providing Sheffield with the local news and types of programming they’ve asked for from a new local TV channel.”

A preview showreel, showcasing some of the programming in development for the new channel, is available to view

Sheffield Live! TV is locally owned and run for community benefit. People and businesses from Sheffield can still become “community shareholders” through the Sheffield Community Media Ltd Pioneer and Community Share Offer, which is open until 14 August.

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Win family tickets for Earth to Echo

E2E_imageSchool’s out for summer…and we have a great competition to start the holidays!

We have 2 sets of family tickets (4 tickets per set) to win, to attend a special screening of new film Earth to Echo,

Earth to Echo is out on general release from Friday 25 July.

But you can win tickets to see it at a special screening at Sheffield Cineworld on Tuesday 22nd July, 10:30am.

After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help!

An inspiring science-fiction adventure, Earth to Echo captures all the mystery, excitement and wonder of an extra-terrestrial occurrence in a small Nevada suburb. But at its heart, the movie is about friendship.

Watch the trailer here:

 

To enter the competition all you have to do is email the answer to the following question (and your name and a contact telephone number) to comp@sheffieldlive.org with the subject Earth to Echo competition – by 6pm on Monday 21 July. Winners will be notified on Monday evening.

Competition question: name one of the three young ‘heroes’ of Earth to Echo.

Entries are in line with our standard competition terms and conditions. Two prizewinners will be selected at random out of all correct entries.

Don’t forget – if you like films, listen to Slam Dunk Cinema on Saturdays, noon to 1pm on Sheffield Live!

Competition: post a picture of your pet

Photo -  Paulo Ordoveza, used under Creative Commons 2.0 License

Photo – Paulo Ordoveza, used under Creative Commons 2.0 License

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 Harrison Cameras.

All you have to do is send us a photograph. Whether your pet is a beloved moggy, pampered pooch, or perhaps a gerbil, hamster, or something more exotic, as long as the photograph is of your own, legally owned pet, whether it’s cute or simply mugging for the camera, we’d love to see your best picture!

Alongside basking in the fame and glory of your picture of your pet being published, there are great prizes for winners:

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

How to enter

It’s really simple to enter. Just send your photograph to comp@sheffieldlive.org – please send files no larger than 1 MB.

The deadline to enter is 31st August 2014.

We’ll publish entries online here at www.sheffieldlive.org (and via our facebook page) and invite our viewers to vote on their favourites.

Viewers’ votes (between 1 and 14 September) will be counted and used to make a shortlist of the top five photographs. Then on 15 September our Sheffield Live team of animal loving judges will decide the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes out of the shortlist.

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 or Rotherham or find them online – click and collect is now available: www.cookespetsupplies.co.uk

We’d also like to thank Cookes and Harrison Cameras for supplying prizes.

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, Cookes Pet Stores and Harrison Cameras 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. Photographs will be voted on by Sheffield Live listeners / website viewers between 1 and 14 September; the highest scoring 5 photographs will be shortlisted; on 15 September the judges will decide on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes out of the five shortlisted photographs; 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 comp@sheffieldlive.org

Sheffield businesses can go global and meet worldwide export reps

Representatives from Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Philippines, Romania, Slovakia and Singapore will visit Sheffield next week to discuss exports from the city region.

South Yorkshire International Trade Centre (SYITC) is organising a secondv – free to attend – ‘Meet and Build’ event on July 18, to offer businesses in the Sheffield City Region an opportunity to discuss exports to these countries through the Overseas Business Network (OBN) initiative.

Nick Patrick, head of international trade at SYITC, told Sheffield Live: “We have agreements with 41 representative organisations around the world and it is our intention to get as many of those as possible to visit Sheffield to speak with businesses in the region.

“The events are designed to introduce personal contacts in specific target markets to help guide businesses through the exports process. The international visitors are very keen to help businesses in the Sheffield City Region of all sizes, from all sectors.  
 
“They will be in Sheffield to provide specific market sector information, help find agents, distributors or direct links to future customers. Our inaugural event was a great success and this is the second of many we hope to run in the future to boost exports from the region.”

SYITC, which is part of the Sheffield Chamber, offers broad support for local businesses to grow their global market, including assisting exporters throughout the process of completing the documentation; from choosing the correct documents to ensuring that they are completed correctly.

Nick Patrick will discuss the Overseas Business Network – and give tips to businesses wanting to export – our Business Live show on Friday 11 July, from 9am-10am. Tune in on 93.2fm or through our livestream, or access the podcast afterwards.

To attend the ‘Meet and Build’ event (at the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce office on Savile Street) please book online at www.syitc.com/events/meet-build-overseas-business-network

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