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posted 8 Mar 2012, 07:54 by Westover Labour
The Engine Room, Bridgwater's prized Community media centre launched in 2003 by Somerset film & Video has now reached
it's 9th year of operation and held a special party today which also saw the introduction of their latest project Somerset TV.

   Phil Sheppard, founder and leading light of the project, thanked everybody present including the funders, which included all 6 Districts of Somerset and the landlords Sedgemoor District Council who had offered them a 99 year lease.

   Somerset TV , a brand new online TV station for Somerset which will be  a distribution platform for content made by local people for local people, went live at the event, and can be watched at (or by clicking the image below).

   Going live next week will be 'Making Waves' a Community radio station devised and produced at the Engine Room by Bridgwater Senior Citizens forum and can be heard on 87.9fm (just next to Radio 2) .

   The  event also saw Golant Media Ventures and Lola-Media return to the  Engine Room for a workshop with case studies and customised follow up sessions looking at current exploitation routes for intellectual property and business models including case studies from other SMEs.   

   Westover ward councillor Brian Smedley, who attended the event, said "The Engine Room is  a brilliant place for people to drop in and get involved in whatever media projects they fancy. The most heartening thing about them is that they chose Bridgwater out of all the locations to establish this project and they're still here after 9 years. It's an important marker to show that cultural and leisure facilities can be a key factor for town centre regeneration and bring people in."