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Local Government Today Launches on The Community Channel

A new weekly half hour programme Local Government Today, which explores the issues that have a vital impact on local people is launching on Community Channel on 30th April 2007 and will be shown daily at 6.30am on Sky 539, Virgin 233 and Freeview 87.

The programmes, produced by The Local Government Channel, will find out what the public thinks of the services they receive from their local council and about the ways in which they are delivered.

News, views and reports from towns and cities across the UK will be covered in every programme with studio interviews and panel discussions focussing on the hot topics of the week.

Stephen Horn, Executive Producer of Local Government Today, says: “People really want to find out more about the services their councils offer. With the local elections next week, the spotlight will be firmly fixed on the quality of local services. People will also be looking for answers to their worries about recycling, refuse collection, local transport issues and the state of their local hospitals, amongst other issues. Local Government Today will examine and uncover the issues that concern people most and try and find some genuine solutions.”

Nick Ware, Channel Controller of Community Channel, says: “Community Channel is pleased to be broadcasting this programme, which gives communities the chance to comment on services and gain a better understanding of them.”

The first programme kicks off looking at whether or not we can create climate friendly housing and asks if the government’s new code of sustainable home can really deliver zero carbon buildings across the UK in the next 10 years. There is also a report on the challenges of recycling glass - a industry which has grown hugely since it started 30 years ago. The panel discussion will focus on the pros and cons of local government’s plans to restructure so that everyone has just one council.

The programme will also visit Newcastle to see how its regenerations plans are progressing in its regular ‘City In a Minute’ feature. Local Government Today will be up and down the country for this feature, so expect a visit in your home town soon. It's not always issues on our doorstep, which is important. In the second episode the programme looks at local democracy further afield.

This year’s Local Council Worker of the Year award is also being featured. In the first programme, the 24 finalists who have been short-listed for six major awards will be announced. Films depicting them in action will be shown on Local Government Today from now until 5th July 2007, when the winners will be presented with their prizes by Journalist and Broadcaster, Jon Snow at this year’s LGA Annual Conference in Birmingham.

Viewers can vote for their favourite nominee by simply texting LGA, followed by the award number they wish to vote for between 1-6 (listed below) and the first name of the nominee, for example - LGA 1 Lizzy to 88600. They can also vote online at www.localgovernmentchannel.com. There is no limit to the amount of votes that can be cast and all texts cost 25p each.

The six awards are as follows:

1. Innovation – the council worker whose project has changed someone’s life
2. Initiative – The council worker whose ideas and dedication who helped turn a neighbourhood around
3. Carer – The council worker whose case has helped change somebody’s future
4. Leadership – The council worker who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help local people
5. Award for Length of service – the council worker who has demonstrated excellent work over their career
6. Inclusion – The council worker whose work has helped engage all residents in community decisions

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For further information, please contact
Kathryn Hughes or Lizzie Nayman on Tel: 020 7612 1830
Email: Kathryn or Lizzie@hblmedia.com

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Community Channel
Community Channel is TV that gives a damn. It makes you think again about the world around you, and inspires you to take action on the causes and issues that matter to you. Broadcasting original shows, the best of terrestrial TV and showcasing the work of new directors and community programme makers; Community Channel is the place for real-life stories. The channel is broadcast 24 hours a day, every day on Sky 539, Virgin TV 233, from 6-9am on Freeview 87. The channel is freely available to around 45 million people in 18.2 million homes across the country and around 2 million people watch every month (BARB). Community Channel is a Media Trust initiative.
www.communitychannel.org

About the Local Government Channel
Set up in September 2005, The Local Government Channel www.localgovernmentchannel.com is presented by Sky News anchor Sarah Lockett

And broadcasts at 6.30am daily on Sky channel 539, Virgin TV 233 and Freeview 87.The channel highlights topical news stories and current affairs in local government and the community, in association with The Municipal Journal and is the leading TV channel focusing on local government.

The channel is unique in its complete dedication to local government, and it has an audience of nearly two million key members of local government to whom we communicate via our TV channel, online portal, regular emails and out monthly newsletter. The channel is fully endorsed by the Local Government Association and works in partnership with SOLACE, SOCITM, CIPFA and many other local government bodies.

Our news programmes are updated weekly with a twenty four hour streaming via the website, featuring local authorities and their partners, such as BT, Royal Mail and the Post Office. The channel provides a whole host of news, views, interviews and also showcases best practice in local government from the UK and overseas. The website also contains an archive containing vast content from within local government.

The Local Council Worker of the Year awards are now in their second year and a record number of votes are expected.


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