UK to get first ever LGBT+ TV channel
The channel hits our screens in February.Latest TV is set to create the first ever UK LGBT+ TV channel.
Broadcasting from February 2017, it will offer up the best in LGBT+ news and entertainment, as well as screening LGBT+ movies and offering filmmakers a platform to showcase their work.
The channel will be available on Freeview Channel 7 and Virgin Media 159 in the Greater Brighton area, as well as online globally.
The idea is fronted by Europe’s first ever transgender newscaster and activist, Sophie Cook. Her new chat show Beyond The Rainbow will become a staple of the channel, along with new documentary programmes she aims to create.
“Throughout the world there is an increasing wave of bigotry and prejudice. This represents a very real possibility to combat that and change peoples lives. We’re aiming to entertain, educate and inspire our viewers,” she said.
Joining her on the screen will be Andrew Kay, presenter of Amazon Prime’s International Chef Exchange.
“I see this as my chance to enjoy, in a public arena, being gay – but also in working towards a better and more equal world,” says Andrew. “I hope that people – whether they are LGBT+ or not – will join in.”
LatestTV’s CEO and nominee for the National Diversity Awards, Bill Smith said: “With support from Coast to Capital, Latest TV has launched LGBT+ TV. However we receive no ongoing public funding and so we’ve turned to crowdfunding to finance our service.
“We’re delighted that our channel will be creating daily LGBT news programmes and entertainment shows.”
Front woman Sophie said: “Together we can be the change that we want to see in the world, we’re giving people pride not prejudice.”