RMITV

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RMITV
Type Community Television
Country Australia
Availability C31 Melbourne, TVS Sydney, 44 Adelaide, 31 Brisbane
Founded 1987
Slogan Student Community Television
Headquarters RMIT University
Launch date
1987
Official website
http://www.rmitv.org/
Language English

RMITV is a not-for-profit community access television production facility based at RMIT University City Campus in Melbourne, Australia.

It is a full member of the Melbourne Community Television Consortium; the not-for-profit consortium that operates the community access channel Channel 31 in Melbourne.[1] The "R" and "M" in RMITV's logo are based on the former series of classification marks from the OFLC used to designate "Restricted" and "Mature" broadcast content.

About[edit]

RMITV is a student run production house based within RMIT University, funded generously by the University in conjunction with RMIT University Student Union (RUSU). RMITV is dedicated to providing hands on television experience to students. We produce content to be broadcast on Channel 31 Melbourne and have helped many students find their way to careers in the television industry. Although based at RMIT University in Melbourne, they also work to provide opportunities to members of the local community wanting to get involved in television production.[2]

RMITV has a long history of successful producers and practitioners moving into professional employment within the Australian television industry. Most notable alumni include: Rove McManus (Roving Enterprises), Hamish and Andy (Fox FM), Shona Devlin (JTV – Triple J), Andrew Tacon (Foxtel), Tommy Little (This Week Live), Dave Thornton (This Week Live), Peter Helliar and many more. RMITV has also had many crew members go on to work at the ABC, Network 10, Videoworks and Staging Connections.

RMITV's Productions are not only limited to C31 Melbourne, many of RMITV's productions air on community stations all around Australia. For example Live on Bowen (2012-present),[3] The Inquiry (2009-2010),[4] In Pit Lane (1998–present) and 31 Questions (2012-present).[5]

History[edit]

RMITV is one of the oldest community television organisations in Australia, having been involved in lobbying the government for community access to the television spectrum. It transmitted its first test broadcast in 1987, which controversially at the time wasn't licensed by the authorities. RMITV was also responsible for broadcasting ETV, a closed-circuit television system operated at the RMIT Campus in previous years.

The government encouraged Melbourne's many aspirant community television broadcasters to form an umbrella organisation to apply for a broadcasting license, and so RMITV became a founding member of the Melbourne Community Television Consortium; the license holder for Melbourne's Channel 31.

Throughout its time RMITV has produced some of the most well known programs on Australian community television, including: The Loft Live, Under Melbourne Tonight, Chartbusting 80's, Raucous, Dawns Crack, PLUCK, Studio A and countless outside broadcasts.

Internal structure[edit]

RMITV is an RMIT Student Union group, with close ties to the not-for-profit incorporated organisation, Student Community Television Inc.. For most operational purposes, both RMITV and Student Community Television Inc. share a common Board of Directors, and management team.

The group employs five part-time staff members to look after the organisation and membership- a General Manager, Office Manager, Programming Manager, Technical Manager and Training Manager. A large number of others look after the management of the organisation in volunteer roles.

Additionally, SCT Inc. is a paid full member of the Melbourne Community Television Consortium (MCTC), which provides them with free airtime on C31 Melbourne and representation on MCTC committees.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RMITV About Us Webpage
  2. ^ "RMITV About Page". RMITV. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Live On Bowen Official Site". RMITV. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "TV Guide TVS Sydney (guidetv.com.au)". guidetv.com.au. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Indiegogo Fundraising Project -31 Questions Season 2". Indiegogo. Retrieved 29 July 2013.