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TV plans announced for the Isle of Man
That’s Media Group today announced an expression of interest to set up a national TV channel on the Isle of Man. The announcement was made by Kent Walwin during the Celtic Media Festival at a panel about the island’s Digital Media Broadcast Industry.
Kent Walwin, Owner and Director of that’s Media Group along with CEO Daniel Cass have visited the Island on many occasions in the last few months, meeting with potential stakeholders.
Daniel Cass says: “We believe there is a calculable enthusiasm for our proposal for a new television channel playing a critical role in the Island’s national conversation. As the company controlling the most licences in the UK’s local television network (twelve licences) we believe that we are uniquely placed to support, encourage and ultimately develop this initiative.”
Isle of Media has introduced That’s Media Group to the Isle of Man in 2016 and since then That’s Media Group, along with the assistance of Isle of Media, have created a plan to not only set up a national channel, but to also relocate their headquarters to the Isle of Man.
Kent Walwin from That’s Media Group says “We bring our own capital investment to the Isle of Man and hope to create significant employment in the Island’s media industry. With the Isle of Man having its own jurisdiction and strong identity, culture, and heritage; the Island is a natural choice to have its own TV channel.”
That’s Media Group Limited and That’s TV Limited combine to be the largest English regional Local TV network. Currently the Group is licensed through Ofcom for twelve UK Local TV franchises. That’s TV is already broadcasting on five channels on Freeview Channel 7 into Lancashire, Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge and into the Solent area. The further seven stations are scheduled to launch in 2017.
Dr. Richard Arning, Director of SES Satellite Leasing and chairman of Isle of Media concluded “This is an exciting opportunity for the island not just business growth wise but also socially, in engaging closer with the the various communities. As industry we are delighted to support the growth of the Island’s Digital Media sector and a National Television Station can be one of cornerstones”.