Advantages A good local channel that fills gaps between programmes on the main channels
Disadvantages Only for the people of Bonny Dundee. But then, that's not our problem...
|Quality and consistency of programmes|
|Range of programming||Satisfactory|
|Quantity of advertising||OK|
|Value for money||Excellent|
Dundee, City of Discovery. Centre of Jute (defunct), Jam (downsized) and Journalism (p***-poor). Scotland's fourth city, and home of Ciao members Ricky "superpricee" Price and Kirsty "KirstyJane" Philip. Also home to the great football teams Dundee United and Downfield Juniors, although unfortunately host to not-so-great teams Dundee FC and Elmwood Juniors.Dundee, for those of you not in the know, lies on the north bank of the Tay Estuary in east-central Scotland, and is the city of my residence. It's your typical industrial town with its own good and bad points - nice city centre, high unemployment, affluent areas, run-down areas, that kind of thing. But Dundee has something going for it that not many other cities have, certainly not in Scotland at any rate - its own terrestrial TV Station; Channel 6.
Channel 6 started up last summer here in Dundee, with a view to being a temporary experiment. Backed by some local businessmen and Scottish Enterprise Tayside, the experiment was to see if such an enterprise could produce a financially viable commercial television station with a definite local flavour. The channel was to broadcast a variety of locally-produced work, cartoons for the kids, and at all other times have a video-jukebox service, much like that of cable/satellite channel "The Box". It was all a bit of a gamble, and to start with it looked like being a bit of a non-starter, as next to no-one in the city knew of its existence. However, word-of-mouth spread about this fantastic new TV channel, and its popularity swiftly grew to the extent that Channel 6 is now a permanent fixture in the city of Dundee.THE SHOWS:
Channel 6 is a commercial station, but actually has very few ads to be seen - they are only ever shown one at a time, and you'll be lucky to see any more than four in a given hour. There are very rare adverts for a national product (such as Shark Energy Drink), but nearly all are for local firms, such as Handy Taxis or Tay-Shirt Printers. Channel 6 makes its money mostly from the video-jukebox service, which utilises a 60p-per-minute phone line.
THE TECHNICAL SIDE:
As I stated above, Channel 6 has a phenomenal teletext service. This not only gives you the listings of the vids for the jukebox, but also is an absolute font of local information. Bus and train times are available on their own pages, along with various pubs and all the local clubs having their own Sixtext pages to inform you of forthcoming events, admission prices etc. Sixtext is one of those things that now it's here, you can't remember how you managed without it!
The signal for Channel 6 can be found on channel 49 of a standard RF analogue signal received by your set, although it does have one small problem. Channel 6 is broadcast from the Tay Bridge transmitter, which is a low-powered transmitter situated on the Tay Bridge itself, which is obviously in the lowest part of the Tay Valley. As such, this means you need a really-super-duper aerial to pick up a decent signal from Channel 6 unless you are fairly high up, or have direct line-of-sight to the bridge. This results in fairly poor reception of Channel 6 for about half of the city, which is unfortunate, as it deserves to have a bigger audience than it actually has at the moment. Luckily, we get quite a good reception in our house, and Channel 6 gets a fair bit of our attention.
--------To fnd out more about Channel 6, go to
http://www.channel-six.comThis has the viewing schedule for the whole of the week, along with info about Channel 6 itself, the listings for the video jukebox, and various other items of local interest.
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