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Stuart Littleford – Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT

Past Articles

From The Editor: The Government’s Plans For Local TV

Cllr Dave Hibbert is interviewed by Saddleworth News TV recently.

A bit more for those of you interested in the government’s consultation about its proposals for a new series of local TV channels. I was asked to write a guest article about the issue for the blog of journalist Ed Walker, and so I’ve republished it below. You can see it in its original context by clicking here.

A LOT OF PEOPLE seem to be having trouble knowing what […]

From The Editor: Culture Secretary Explains Local TV Plans

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks at Friday's local TV summit in Manchester.

I was among a few dozen media people from across the north west invited to hear Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt explain more about his plans for local TV at a summit in Manchester on Friday.

The meeting followed the government’s recent announcement that a potential 65 new stations could be established, including one in Manchester, which would cover Oldham and, presumably, Saddleworth too.

Mr Hunt, who has […]

From The Editor: Government Update On Future Of Local TV

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed a list of 65 towns and cities across the UK which could get new local TV services in the coming years. Manchester is among them, and the proposed new Manchester service would cover and be available in Oldham, and presumably therefore also in Saddleworth.

The government has been holding consultations about the future of local TV for several months, and I’m among those to have met Mr Hunt to get my tuppenceworth across. […]

From The Editor: Saddleworth News Future Secured Thanks To University Campus Oldham

Liberal Democrat candidate Elwyn Watkins (centre) and Energy Secretary Chris Huhne (right) speak to Saddleworth News at Dove Stone Reservoir ahead of the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election.

Lots of people have been in touch with Saddleworth News over the past few weeks, ever since I announced that I was considering options for the future of the site.

I’ve had many messages of support and encouragement from local folk, for which thank you. I also received expressions of interest […]

Saddleworth News TV – July

Here’s the July bulletin from Saddleworth News TV. This month’s programme features interviews with senior figures from Oldham Council and Transport for Greater Manchester about the progress of Metrolink and the accompanying disruption at Mumps. There’s also an update on the Uppermill gas main roadworks, and we hear from local youth workers about what’s on offer for Saddleworth’s youngsters during the summer holidays.

The programme was made by media students from The Oldham College. We hope you enjoy it!


Top Officials Give Oldham Metrolink Update

Cllr Dave Hibbert is interviewed by Saddleworth News TV.

Senior figures from Transport for Greater Manchester and Oldham Council have been briefing the media today about the Metrolink works currently taking place in Oldham.

The roadworks at and around Mumps Roundabout have led to traffic congestion, adding to the frustration of Saddleworth drivers and commuters already affected by other roadworks to do with retaining wall repairs and road resurfacing.

The […]

New Bulletin From Saddleworth News TV

Here’s the latest Saddleworth News TV video bulletin, made by students from The Oldham College with their tutor John Eccles.

In this programme, there’s a preview of the Saddleworth Festival of the Arts, which begins this weekend, with Festival Chairman Jim Scott. There’s also a look ahead to another forthcoming local event, the Diggle Blues Festival, as well as some video footage of the recent Mossley wildfire captured by one of the students. We hope you enjoy it!

More […]

Watch The Latest Award-Winning Film From The Oldham College

An up-and-coming movie maker from The Oldham College has won a prestigious award. James Thompson picked up Best Director for his short film Chain of Events at the Clapperboard Awards, held at the Lowry in Salford on Tuesday night.

To watch the film, click on the box above!

The annual awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of young talent from across the north of England and the Midlands. Top TV drama writer Paul Abbott was among the judges, and he […]

Lees Student Wins Business Award

Danny with his award. (picture: Oldham College)

A college student from Lees has won a top award for up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

Danny Callan, who’s 18 and goes to The Oldham College, won the student award at the Pro Manchester Professional Innovator Challenge 2011.

He had to carry out a series of business challenges to get through to the final, testing qualities such as imagination, creativity, problem solving and taking the initiative.

Once he’d got through, Danny had to impress the […]

Saddleworth News TV – Shop Local Festival

Here’s the latest bulletin from Saddleworth News TV. It’s a special report on the Saddleworth Shop Local Festival, which took place last month at Uppermill Civic Hall.

Event organisers from Saddleworth WI, the Chairman of the Parish Council, and all kinds of local business owners are interviewed in the film, which was made by media students from The Oldham College with their tutor John Eccles. We hope you like it!

More articles about the festival from Saddleworth News can […]

Saddleworth News TV – Debbie Abrahams Interview

Our new MP, Debbie Abrahams, has told Saddleworth News all about her first few weeks in office. In a video interview recorded in Uppermill, she also talked about the issues she’s been working on since she was elected in January.

Ms Abrahams used the interview to reveal she’s already written to the Transport Secretary about overcrowding and the price of tickets on the Manchester to Huddersfield rail line. She also spoke about her opposition to the government’s planned NHS […]

From The Editor: Culture Secretary Consults Saddleworth News

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt (picture: DCMS)

We got well used to senior politicians visiting our area during the recent by-election campaign. But I got to meet one more Cabinet minister on Friday, as I was invited to a meeting in Manchester with Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt about the government’s plans for the future of local TV.

The government is currently carrying out a consultation on its proposals, which include creating a national “Channel 6” to act as a ‘spine’ […]

Saddleworth News TV – February

Here’s February’s bulletin from Saddleworth News TV. This month there’s an interview with the new landlord of The Swan in Dobcross, a look at the new parking restrictions in Uppermill, and the results of the Saddleworth News poll on what Debbie Abrahams’ first priority as our MP should be.

The programme was made by media students from The Oldham College. We hope you enjoy it!

You can still watch past video bulletins by clicking here.


Saddleworth News TV – By-Election Special

Here’s a special edition of Saddleworth News TV, covering the result of the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election. It includes the declaration and the full victory speech given by our new MP, Labour’s Debbie Abrahams.

The video was made by media tutor John Eccles from The Oldham College. We hope you like it!

To look at previous Saddleworth News TV bulletins click here. And to see the full archive of stories about the by-election from Saddleworth News, go here.