Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A new 50-plus TV channel

Way back in March 2007 I discovered Ning and created a social networking site for the 50-plus, all before breakfast. Well to be honest it was the bare bones of a site but I was fascinated to see how easy it was to use this amazing generic social networking software.

Now somebody has done it properly and created Goodbye 9 to 5. Not only have they produced a web site but have also launched a TV channel.

This is what they say about themselves.
A new TV programme produced by Serious Leisure TV, who already make The Caravan Channel, a specialist programme for caravanners, motorhome owners and tent campers.

Goodbye, 9 to 5! starts broadcasting on Information TV, Sky channel 166/Freesat 402 on Wednesday, 10th June 2009, and the first edition will run for two weeks, showing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Mondays at 6pm. After the initial two weeks, the show will become weekly, with each new edition premiering on Wednesday.

Goodbye, 9 to 5! has a general magazine format, but some segments have a strong bias towards the interests of older people - for instance, the first edition has an item about bus passes, and an editorial special about pensions for military service people who retired before present pension conditions came into force.

Goodbye,9 to 5! won't be a static kind of production - over coming weeks and months, it will evolve into a strong and campaigning programme promoting and defending the rights and liberties of the individual - especially when the individuals in question are over 55!
I will certainly be recording the programme on Wednesday and will post a blog item with my opinions. I wish the guys who started the channel the very best of success. Dick Stroud

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