International interest in investing in West Midlands companies has continued with the region’s new television station, Big Centre TV, receiving backing from a Canadian media company.
Saskatchewan-based Trek 2000 has invested in Big Centre TV as the company looks to expand its interests into the UK’s burgeoning local TV market. The Trek 2000 Corporation was created by Canadian entrepreneurs Gordon and Maureen Haddock in 1986 and has since grown into a successful multi-faceted business which encompasses a range of industries, one of which being television production.
As part of the investment Gordon Haddock has become a director of Kaleidoscope TV, the owner of Big Centre TV, as he looks to bring his experience and energy to the Walsall based station. A key factor in the investment in one of the region’s newest businesses is his experience and recognition of what local TV has the potential to deliver.
“The UK is still at the beginning of the journey with regard to local TV but from our experience we recognise the demand that exists for a dedicated regional channel and the possibilities for success that it offers. The talent and experience of delivering successful television that exists both within Big Centre TV and in the wider West Midlands region is phenomenal, and the work that the team have put in to successfully launch a local TV station within three months is testament to their talent and drive.
“Our goal is to not only support Big Centre TV in becoming a well-established channel in its own region but to help the team develop and expand the business, with the ultimate aim to make the company an international success. Britain is famous worldwide for its creativity in television and I believe that Chris Perry, Mike Prince and the team at Big Centre TV have the capability to produce programmes which will not only be interesting to the people of the West Midlands but to English speaking countries across the globe.” – Gordon Haddock, owner of Trek 2000
Big Centre TV is broadcast across the West Midlands on Freeview 8 and will shortly join the Virgin Media line up for its coverage area in the West Midlands. Programmes airing on BCTV include new in-house produced programming such as chat shows Cuppa TV and The David Hamilton Show, viewers comment series Postbag, news and features in The Midland and sports debate series Extra Time while archive programming such as classic Midland soap opera Crossroads (pictured) has proved successful for the network which launched in February this year.
“It is inspiring for Big Centre TV to receive support from international investors and we are delighted to welcome Gord and Maureen Haddock to the Big Centre TV family. This investment into the West Midlands economy will be key to our future success and that of the team at our Walsall studios as we continue to develop the station.” – Mike Prince, founder of Big Centre TV