Community Channel will close on 30th June unless a fresh call for public financial support is successful.
While it receives over £3m in kind annually from commercial broadcasters, the channel urgently needs to raise £300,000 to give it time to increase its revenue from partnerships and advertising. Earlier this month it launched a crowdfunding community share scheme to help achieve this.
Support for the channel has come from a wide range of current and former broadcasters, politicians and celebrities, including actor Juliet Stevenson, presenter Mary Nightingale, and Sir Lenny Henry, who tweeted his support to his 61,000 followers.
— Lenny Henry (@LennyHenry) June 12, 2016
Community Channel was launched in 2000 by the Media Trust, and gives charities and community organisations a way of reaching millions of people. Over ten million people watched the channel last year – an increase of four million in four years, whilst over a million said the channel motivated them to volunteer.
Lord Grade, former BBC chairman and chief executive of Channel Four, said:
“Britain would be a poorer place without Community Channel. It is unique in the world as a means of galvanizing support for so many communities and causes. I urge people to get behind the community shares scheme and continue to hope that, even at this late stage, a funding solution can be secured to keep it going now and for the long-term.”
At the time of writing, Community Channel had raised just over £27,000 of its £300,000 target on its Crowdfunder page.
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