Swansea, Llanelli, Neath, Port Tablot - Get Ready for Bay TV!


Bay TV Swansea the UK’s latest local television station launches today (July 12th 2016), transmitting from Kilvey Hill and available on Freeview Channel 8, Virgin Media Channel 159 and online at www.baytvswansea.com

Broadcasting from state-of-the-art digital studios at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Swansea Campus, Bay TV will provide an exciting blend of home-made programming including news, current affairs, sport, motoring, music, together with a great selection of the best of the best of the other 21 UK local TV franchises. The channel will provide a platform for local talent plus advertising opportunities for local businesses to promote their brand and products.

Bay TV Swansea is a commercial public service broadcaster transmitting from the Kilvey Hill transmitter in Swansea and available on Freeview channel 8 in an area from Pyle in the east to Cross Hands in the West covering Swansea, Port Talbot, Neath and Llanelli and their valleys. Viewers with older Freeview equipment may need to retune.

The station is Welsh-owned and independent, with board members including former Wales First Minister, Rhodri Morgan, along with television industry stalwarts, Elin Rhys, of Welsh language TV production company, Telesgop, and John Curzon formerly of BBC Wales. Local businessman Peter Townsend is chairman.

Thanks to the unique partnership between Bay TV Swansea Ltd and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David students from Swansea College of Art will have the opportunity to be actively involved in everything from news gathering and programme-making to virtual set design, television broadcast scheduling and marketing.

On screen, Bay TV’s star presenters will be: Phil Hoyles, Gaina Morgan, Cai Williams, Welsh-speaking Chris Coslett Davies, journalist Emily Gardner and children’s character Bostin Bear.

Fitness fan Phil, a highly experienced television and radio presenter, will run from his show on The Wave radio station in Gowerton to the Bay TV Studios in Swansea City Centre to present the live flagship News Tonight with Phil Hoyles which starts with the evening news headlines and weather review and covers wide ranging topics including local and minority sports and film reviews. Utilising the latest digital vision technology, NDI, Phil can beam viewers directly into his show.

Bay TV will also have a live morning news magazine show Right Here! with Gaina Morgan.  Gaina, a familiar face and voice to BBC Wales viewers, will dissect what really matters in everyday life, digging into local media and politics with celebrity guests and listening to what the people of the area have to say. BBC’s The Voice singer, the unique Cai Williams, shares the sofa duty with Gaina.

Bay TV recognises that the Welsh language is part of the lifeblood of Bay TV’s transmission area and Welsh actor/presenter Chris Coslett Davies will host Newyddion Heddiw Gyda Chris Davies daily and the language will feature regularly reflecting its place in everyday life for the people of South West Wales.

In the hometown of icon Dylan Thomas it would be unthinkable not to feature poetry on Bay TV and arts show More Poetry Needed will be bilingual too with writer/poet Annie Pelleschi joining Chris Coslett Davies in the hunt for original verse.

Bay TV Motoring Editor Robin Roberts and his team present Motorvate, a local take on the world of motoring, while real estate expert Robin Darcy The Property Show gives the lowdown on homes for sale or rent, new developments, fashionable interior design and home improvements as well as advice on planning, finance and legal considerations.

Swansea boasts one of the UK’s finest and oldest arts colleges at UWTSD and film course students are prolific both in their talent and filmmaking. Bay TV will be providing a window into their world with the programme Student Films.

Music is a signature feature of Bay TV with Live at the Pumphouse for modern music and ad hoc programming for jazz, classical and other genres. Not leaving out craft workshops, cookery and vintage films. And that’s just a taste of what’s in store on Channel 8 - there is much, much more!
Bay TV chairman Peter Townsend said:

“We think television viewers are crying out for something new and here it is: Bay TV, your local television unique to South West Wales.

“Nowadays, everybody has a video camera on their smart phone and our leading edge digital studio can devour it without the technical problems that plague traditional broadcasters.

“We want this to be your TV station, with content influenced by you. In this modern world everybody can be a TV news reporter. Viewers and local reporters can email us their footage. Message it on Facebook or Skype us live and we will record it on the very latest Tricaster NDI compatible technology from Newtek.”

“We will initially broadcast to the communities of Llanelli, Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot but we have a licence from Ofcom for the next 10 years and it is our aspiration to be able to access the Carmel transmitter enabling us to provide services to Carmarthen and South Pembrokeshire when funding becomes available.”

Dr Ian Walsh, Dean of Swansea College of Art at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David said the partnership with Bay TV gives students a unique opportunity to blend their academic studies with work for a live TV station.

“We are building a reputation as a university that has a very practical focus, giving students real skills that will put them in a commanding position in the jobs market when they graduate. This partnership is the latest example of how UWTSD is working with new and established companies to extend the experience we offer students.”