Company Profile

Company Profile

Country Channel TV is a dedicated service for local communities in the country; the unifying factor is an interest in country matters. The Channel previewed from May 1 2006 and went live on June 9 2006.

Background Information

Country Channel TV is a dedicated service for local communities in the country; the unifying factor is an interest in country matters. The Channel previewed from May 1 2006 and went live on June 9 2006.

Dealing with subjects that are important to country people, the Country Channel provides targeted information that is relevant to people who live, work in or play in, the countryside.

The Country Channel appeals to vertical and horizontal groups such as:

++ Horizontal regional groups – The New Forest, The Peak District, The Dales, The Fens – and beyond the UK. (We are planning European and Worldwide coverage)

++ Vertical groups with a shared interest such as horse riders, field and country pursuits, clubs and societies, wildlife and twitchers, conservationists, ramblers, walkers, anglers, farmers and small-holders (to name but a few).

Personnel

The Country Channel Management Team

The Country Channel is Paul’s creation and is the result of applying years of experience and understanding to the convergence of video and computing. Paul is enormously excited at the dawning of web based TV, so much so that the first live web cast was made, somewhat ahead of its time, from Chipping Norton for four hours in 1998 on 28k and 56k streams. Paul’s drive and vision has pulled together an impressive management and investment team.

Paul Aitken – Executive Director and Founder
Paul is also Managing Director of APL (Aitken Productions Ltd) a TV production company founded in 1998 by Paul and his wife Alison.

Alison Aitken – Director
Director and Company Secretary. Alison’s role is producer and production manager and she has responsibility for planning, scheduling and day to day running of the company.

Rob Bonnet – Contributor
BBC Sports Presenter, producer and writer, currently broadcasting on BBC World. Rob has a strong interest in country matters and is an enthusiastic champion of the Country Channel.

Bill Turnbull – Contributor and Country Channel Trustee
BBC presenter and broadcaster.

Andrew Johnston – CEO

Marita Crawley – Chairman

David Fletcher – Consultant

Wendy Nelson – Director – Presenter and broadcaster

Clive Hetherington – Country Channel Trustee

Other notable Country Channel shareholders include:

Lucinda Green – Former Olympic Medallist Show Jumper

Adam Henson – Broadcaster

Tony Francis – Broadcaster

Graeme Garden – Broadcaster and writer

Funding

At present, the Country Channel is funded by commerce and seed investors, who have invested risk capital in order to keep the channel up and running, also a significant contribution is made to the bottom line by programme sales, advertising and advertorials. We are currently looking for other investors to develop the concept further in-line with the current buisness plan.