What Brighton and Hove’s very own TV channel Latest TV has to offer

Presenter Guy Lloyd

Tim Ridgway

First published in News by

THIS week, Brighton and Hove’s very own TV channel launched. Ruari Barratt retuned his television for 24 hours of entertainment from the team behind Latest TV.

HAVING beaten what the new channel describes as “competition from several experienced television broadcasters”, Latest TV won the licence for the Greater Brighton area and it became available to around 400,000 people on Thursday.

Broadcasting on Freeview Channel 8, the new digital channel for local stations, it will deliver locally-produced content “up to 24 hours a day”, with at least six hours of unique material in each day’s schedule with the rest made up of repeats.

News and sport is at the core of the schedule and from what I saw of the first bulletin at 6pm, the news was well-produced and full of engaging content.

This was followed by the live launch party of entertainment show Brighton Lights with presenter Guy Lloyd of Juice 107.2’s Juice Drivetime show – a wise choice with his personable delivery and presenting experience.

It was a shame that much of the show was based around what Latest TV is going to do, rather than the best of its content. There were also cut-aways – namely during the interesting choice of co-presenter Lynn Ruth Miller’s section – to the audience which were obviously staged.

While the idea of the programme is great, and as much as I tried to really enjoy it, it failed to keep me engaged.

By the time the programme Post Feature started, in all honestly I had lost all enthusiasm.

I was hoping What the Waffle would turn that around. I was expecting a series of amateur, YouTube-style and student quality sketches – but either there wasn’t a point or I missed it.

Maybe some people will find comedy in it, but I could only describe it as a mess.

Thankfully – after the disaster that was What the Waffle – Latest Homes Live was well produced.

The presenters seemed to know what they were doing and it was reasonably nicely shot – although the sound wasn’t great.

To be fair, the channel is operating on a small budget.

Unavoidably this will only be reflected in the quality of some its presenters, sound engineering, camera work and the use of green screen effects which verged on completely bizarre.

Despite this, there seems to be an enormous sense of confidence and ambition within the team.

The channel certainly is supportive of local talent, with platforms for local bands and a dedicated film night for amateur filmmakers and that should be celebrated.

If any city deserves its own channel it is Brighton and Hove and I genuinely hope it takes off.

Comments (13)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:05am Sat 30 Aug 14

Nosfaratu says...

Greater Brighton !
What exactly is that
Where is that
Who does it encompass
400.000 people, really ?

Can we have a coverage map as I would like to know if I am included.
Greater Brighton ! What exactly is that Where is that Who does it encompass 400.000 people, really ? Can we have a coverage map as I would like to know if I am included. Nosfaratu
  • Score: 10

8:36am Sat 30 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

Life is too short and the internet too interesting to watch this mind numbing excremental dross. It is like sitting through an editorial meting with Beardo or listening to journalistic 'advice' from Anna Roberts...
Life is too short and the internet too interesting to watch this mind numbing excremental dross. It is like sitting through an editorial meting with Beardo or listening to journalistic 'advice' from Anna Roberts... Valentinian
  • Score: 8

10:22am Sat 30 Aug 14

IratusFurcifer says...

It was weird (and not in a good way) the green screen effects were terrible and the content just utterly dull.
It's a great opportunity but it needs serious improvement.
It was weird (and not in a good way) the green screen effects were terrible and the content just utterly dull. It's a great opportunity but it needs serious improvement. IratusFurcifer
  • Score: 10

10:51am Sat 30 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

...But surely it is still a vast improvement on Channel 5's programming?
...But surely it is still a vast improvement on Channel 5's programming? Goldenwight
  • Score: 4

11:04am Sat 30 Aug 14

yaddab says...

Nosfaratu wrote:
Greater Brighton !
What exactly is that
Where is that
Who does it encompass
400.000 people, really ?

Can we have a coverage map as I would like to know if I am included.
Freeview channel 8, Virgin channel 159.
[quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: Greater Brighton ! What exactly is that Where is that Who does it encompass 400.000 people, really ? Can we have a coverage map as I would like to know if I am included.[/p][/quote]Freeview channel 8, Virgin channel 159. yaddab
  • Score: 1

11:32am Sat 30 Aug 14

Hove Actually says...

Please tell me that no taxpayer money has been used and it is funded by adverts or something. It was enough to have that waste of paper council newspaper dumped on our doorsteps which most ended up filling the recycle bins or dumped in the normal rubbish.
Please tell me that no taxpayer money has been used and it is funded by adverts or something. It was enough to have that waste of paper council newspaper dumped on our doorsteps which most ended up filling the recycle bins or dumped in the normal rubbish. Hove Actually
  • Score: 1

11:39am Sat 30 Aug 14

steve28 says...

anyone know what channel on sky?
anyone know what channel on sky? steve28
  • Score: 1

12:42pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Ted-Kelly1 says...

Do you need to 're-tune' your TV? Channel 8 dies not appear at all on my terrestrial one. If so, I'll wait until September 3rd, when we have to re-tune anyway.
Do you need to 're-tune' your TV? Channel 8 dies not appear at all on my terrestrial one. If so, I'll wait until September 3rd, when we have to re-tune anyway. Ted-Kelly1
  • Score: 0

1:22pm Sat 30 Aug 14

frankjohnson49 says...

Hove Actually wrote:
Please tell me that no taxpayer money has been used and it is funded by adverts or something. It was enough to have that waste of paper council newspaper dumped on our doorsteps which most ended up filling the recycle bins or dumped in the normal rubbish.
Comes out of the licence fee budget. I've disconnected my TV from the terrestrial connection and found there is much more interesting in life, and via online mediums, than anything on terrestrial TV. For the same cost as the licence fee you can subscribe to several online subscription services.
[quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: Please tell me that no taxpayer money has been used and it is funded by adverts or something. It was enough to have that waste of paper council newspaper dumped on our doorsteps which most ended up filling the recycle bins or dumped in the normal rubbish.[/p][/quote]Comes out of the licence fee budget. I've disconnected my TV from the terrestrial connection and found there is much more interesting in life, and via online mediums, than anything on terrestrial TV. For the same cost as the licence fee you can subscribe to several online subscription services. frankjohnson49
  • Score: 1

1:53pm Sat 30 Aug 14

thelieshurts says...

Ted-Kelly1 wrote:
Do you need to 're-tune' your TV? Channel 8 dies not appear at all on my terrestrial one. If so, I'll wait until September 3rd, when we have to re-tune anyway.
Retune now should be ok. nothing to get excited about.
[quote][p][bold]Ted-Kelly1[/bold] wrote: Do you need to 're-tune' your TV? Channel 8 dies not appear at all on my terrestrial one. If so, I'll wait until September 3rd, when we have to re-tune anyway.[/p][/quote]Retune now should be ok. nothing to get excited about. thelieshurts
  • Score: 1

3:22pm Sat 30 Aug 14

odear says...

I WATCHED A BIT OF IT THAT WILL BE IT.WHATS WITH THE NEWS READER,THE SOUND THE WHOLE THING NEEDS SORTING OUT ITS LIKE SOMETHING FROM THE ARK.SHAME
I WATCHED A BIT OF IT THAT WILL BE IT.WHATS WITH THE NEWS READER,THE SOUND THE WHOLE THING NEEDS SORTING OUT ITS LIKE SOMETHING FROM THE ARK.SHAME odear
  • Score: 3

11:41pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Mark63 says...

I lasted 5 minutes - dreadful...
I lasted 5 minutes - dreadful... Mark63
  • Score: 1

11:56am Sun 31 Aug 14

robinxx says...

Very amateurish output in all departments - camera work, intervewing, newsreading. Studio is too small. Very poor content for first two days, seeing as they had two years to put something decent together.

Cut to the many repeated clips of Bill Smith with his delusional comments about how great the TV Station is and how he hopes it will go Nationwide - has he not seen any TV lately to see how substandard his output is, to the point of embarresment. Surely he will have his licence withdrawn. A blank screen would be better than this toss. And whats with the baseball cap and unkempt appearance - oh sorry - he just wants to reflect the image of his TV Station - sad,dated and best to be avoided.
Very amateurish output in all departments - camera work, intervewing, newsreading. Studio is too small. Very poor content for first two days, seeing as they had two years to put something decent together. Cut to the many repeated clips of Bill Smith with his delusional comments about how great the TV Station is and how he hopes it will go Nationwide - has he not seen any TV lately to see how substandard his output is, to the point of embarresment. Surely he will have his licence withdrawn. A blank screen would be better than this toss. And whats with the baseball cap and unkempt appearance - oh sorry - he just wants to reflect the image of his TV Station - sad,dated and best to be avoided. robinxx
  • Score: 2
Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree