About BLTV

Barnsley Local Television (BLTV)

Barnsley Local Television is produced by The Dearne Media Group, a not for profit organisation which is registered as a Community Interest Company at Companies House. Its aim is to use social media to promote the best interests of the Town and its people by highlighting personal achievements and showcasing the activities of community groups and voluntary organisations.

BLTV is made up of volunteers with a mix of communication and technical expertise and people who feel they want to play a role in improving their community. Training is readily available for anyone wishing to acquire media-related skills.

It goes without saying that BLTV cannot fulfil its objectives unless it has good contact with those organisations it hopes to help communicate what they do. BLTV’s programme-makers will be out and about but they would like to hear from anyone who has a story to tell or an event or appeal which they would like to promote.

Meet the Team

Dearne Media Group’s Management Committee is responsible for overseeing the work of BLTV, and ensuring that the business of the Company runs smoothly. Some twenty other volunteers work on the BLTV project, making programmes and working with community and voluntary groups, and public and statutory service bodies, whose activities are featured or which give support in other ways. Here are some of the volunteers who make up the organisational and creative team..

Don Chamberlain

BLTV - Don Chamberlain - Chair of Company Directors
BLTV – Don Chamberlain – Chair of Company Directors and the Management Committee
Barnsley born has spent a lifetime in Weekly/Daily Journalism, Corporate Public Relations and Community Development

BT (Responsibility for PR in the North-East of England)
Business in the Community (Involvement in Business Sponsored Community Projects throughout Yorkshire and Humberside, then PR Consultant with particular interest in Corporate Community Involvement.

Don is a former Chairman of the Barnsley Branch of the RSPCA and a member of the Regional Board of that charity.
He is a founder Director of Groundwork – Dearne Valley, The Sheffield Showroom Cinema and the initiative – South Yorkshire People Against Crime.

He twice contested the Darton and Dodworth ward of BMBC as a Liberal Candidate.
Don believes that Local Television will help community groups to better communicate what they do and also it will help to create the image that Barnsley deserves.

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Max Senior

is a Director of Dearne Media Group CIC and Company Treasurer. He has also done his share of programme production, presentation and voiceovers. Barnsley born, Max was a steel worker and a miner before leaving the coal industry and going to High Melton College, Doncaster, where he was awarded the Diploma /HE FCIH. For 27 years thereafter, he was a local government office, first as a housing contracts manager in Rotherham then as Principal Hate and Hidden Crime Officer for Barnsley MBC. He plays for Dodworth Miners’Welfare Brass Band, is Secretary of the Dodworth Miners Welfare, and Chair of Barnsley Amnesty Group.. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of Barnsley U3A.  Company Director and Treasurer.

Barrie Davenport

has spent his whole working career with the BBC in Engineering, Studio Management and finally as a Producer.

On retirement in 1990 he set up a business as a Freelance Recording Engineer and made many CD’s for Brass Bands and Choirs.

Still wanting to be involved in the Media, in 1995 he moved to Local TV in Bradford and designed and installed the Studio there for live Cable Broadcasting.

He joined Barnsley Local TV in 2006 and besides being a Committee Member carries out Camerawork, Editing and Technical Installation.

At the end of 2014 he became involved with Kirklees Local TV based in Huddersfield and now splits his time between there and Barnsley.

He keeps very busy all the time and that’s how he likes it.

David Hodgson

has spent most of his working life in broadcast media. Beginning in Hospital Radio during the 1960’s, he was able to secure professional employment at the BBC at the dawn of local radio. His first job was as a Technical Operator, where he found he had a natural talent for recording music and then moved on to Presentation and Production. After 16 years retirement loomed, but before any relaxation could start, he was asked to join the Media Faculty at the local university, where instead of doing, he taught it. 6 years later and through amalgamation the faculty was abolished, so rest now? No, he was approached by Bradford Council to join the team re-building the Bradford Alhambra, designing the sound system, which lead him to mix with people intent on producing local television. So before he could reach for his slippers, Dave found himself working in television production, which he does to this day at BLTV. He has subsequently decided not to retire – as no-one will let him. Dave also wishes to point out that he is a qualified steam engine driver.

Dave Shaw About Us

Dave Shaw

is a director of Dearne Media Group. He joined BLTV in 2016 as a volunteer cameraman/editor to improve his skills.

Started working life in I.T. at Patons & Baldwins in 1969 as a computer operator working on an IBM 360/40. After a few role changes and career moves left the industry in 1993 as an I.T. manager to open a bicycle shop. He has been a keen videographer ever since the early 1970s.

James About Us

James Beechy

Working for Con-Tech services for over 31 years and 2 years as administrator to Barnsley Local TV Facebook page, cameraman and editor.

Peter About Us

Peter Higginbottom

is a Cameraman/ Editor lives in Wakefield been working in video since mid 1977. Photographer, Photoshop Tutor, Video Editing Tutor,   Ex Refrigeration Technician retired 2011. YouTube content provider. Originally from Leeds.

Michelle About Us

Michelle Graham

is Production Assistant, Facebook Administrator and Camera Operator. She is a home carer and has been for the past 13 years. Her main hobbies are reading books and puzzles. She is also the mother of Rebecca one of our volunteers.

Rebecca About Us

Rebecca Graham

is Camera Operator, Video Editor, Facebook Administrator, Website administrator and Dave Shaw’s assistant. She is currently studying Level 1 Maths and has her own YouTube channel with over 400 subscribers. Her main hobbies are social media and makeup. She is also the daughter to Michelle who is one of our volunteers.

BLTV will always work to celebrate the memory Dr Bob Britton