Ten jobs at Channel 9

TEN new jobs could be created by the relaunch of Londonderry based television station Channel 9.

Earlier this month the Sentinel reported a transfer for the station's licence had been lodged with telecommunications regulator Ofcom.

It has now been confirmed that C9tv has been taken over by businessman Alan Cummings.

The revamped channel will be based at the University of Ulster's Magee Campus and will involve a unique colaboration with the University's students as well as students from the North West Regional College (NWRC).

"Our link with the University of Ulster, both in Derry and Coleraine, will see students receive training in television technique," said Mr. Cummings. "Students will also make their own programmes on issues which affect them This work will be assessed and marked, and will be treated as part of their degree work.

"Channel 9 hopes to work for and on behalf of the entire North West community. We see this as a two way process – this will be your television station, bringing you what you want to watch, and listening to your views."

Head of the University's School of Creative Arts at Magee Dr Paul Moore said he was enthused by the link up.

"I am absolutely delighted this new partnership is being developed," he said. "It offers a unique opportunity for staff and students to showcase their work. More importantly, it will forge new links with the community."

NWRC Head of School, Basil Dalton, is also pleased to be working with the channel:

"I am delighted at the news, first because we will once again have our own television station. From an educational viewpoint, it will provide an outlet for our students to have their product aired. No longer will they be working hypothetically."

Channel 9 will cover Coleraine and Limavady as well as Londonderry and will feature a mix of local news and features.

A video booth will also travel around the north west's shopping centre offering the public an opportunity to have their day on local issues.