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Wrexham’s student-led online television channel GTV to be unveiled

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After more than two years’ planning, GTV, Glyndŵr University's student-led community online television platform (IPTV), will be launched this week with an event held at Glyndŵr University.

The GTV team are asking all interested Wrexham locals, business leaders and Glyndŵr students alike to come along to the launch event in the Centre for Creative Industries on Friday 26 April at 12pm.

GTV was founded by Glyndŵr University students in late 2010 as a means of bringing together the wider Wrexham community online, specifically using video production to include, document and share what goes on inside and outside of the university.

Since the project’s creation, the GTV team’s work has focused on gathering content and producing a fully-functioning web presence in order to launch the service this spring.

It has also received £450 from Glyndŵr University’s Students’ Guild to help with the start-up.

The launch event will present the GTV project, with an introductory speech by producer and third-year Broadcasting and Journalism student Catherine Devlin to be held at midday, with light refreshments available from 11am.

Guests will also be able to access the website and view its content during the event, alongside talking directly to the GTV team about the service.

Third-year media communications student Adam Perryman, who is GTV’s marketing executive, said of the channel: “We hope that GTV will help lessen the gap between the town’s student population and local residents.

"Both communities will be able to display what they can produce on the channel, which will lead to integration among likeminded individuals and organisations around the area, and create closer bonds throughout the people of Wrexham.”

Since being founded, GTV has been championed by Glyndŵr University’s senior lecturer in broadcasting and media communications Sally Harrison.

Sally said, “It’s been a long time in development but what is so encouraging about this project is that it is entirely led by Glyndŵr University students who understand the power of digital inclusion”.

Alongside the GTV launch, second year students are hosting a ‘Spring Online’ event – inviting the people of Wrexham to bring old photographs to be digitised and added to the Wrexham Archive.

Spring Online is to be held on the same day as the GTV launch (26th April), from 11am to 3pm in the Centre for Creative Industries.

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