About BLTV

Barnsley Local Television (BLTV)

Barnsley Local Television is a new venture which is giving Barnsley an online local television service. It is run by Dearne Media Group, a not-for-profit organisation registered as a community interest company.

BLTV’s mission is to provide a service whose programmes and content contribute to the social, cultural and economic benefit of Barnsley and the surrounding area. BLTV depends on volunteers in order to function. BLTV gives the residents of Barnsley the opportunity to contribute to the planning, content and making of its programmes. These focus upon local news, public services, education, public services, the arts and entertainment, sport, history and heritage. BLTV also seeks to show-case local talent, enterprise and achievements, and to raise the profile of the Borough.

Many of our volunteers are new to working in the media, but others have years of experience and media qualifications. We are happy to offer training to new members over the full range of studio work, programme production and planning. Local filmmakers, artists and writers are also encouraged to use BLTV to show their own work to a wider audience.

BLTV has a Facebook page with a thriving membership. It invites viewers to comment on its programmes, to put forward ideas and join in discussion about the topics and issues featured.

Barnsley Local Television ethos for visually impaired people

Here at BLTV we try to design our website so it can be accessed by visually impaired people. We focus on keeping out text to a large scale. We do not use flashing colours and keep our contrasting colours different and not similar in shading. We keep our text ‘black on white’ to aid reading, unlike some website which uses ‘grey on white’. BLTV Provides ALT text for all images, easy to read titles for each sections and maintain a fluid layout throughout the site for continuity.

Please feel free to submit feedback on our Contact us page, if you think we can improve our site more, to aid the visual impaired.

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..

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

Company Director and Treasurerlearn more

Robert Britton

Director and Company SecretaryLearn more

Barrie Davenport

Member of Management Committeelearn more

David Hodgson

Member of Management Committee