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History of Telile.tv
In 1993, a group of forward thinking residents who were
working to deal with the closure of the fisheries saw
the need for a means of communicating with the public.
In 1994, Telile was born out of the resourcefulness of
its residents, and their need to respond to the collapse
of the fishery. It is unique in the Maritimes, and one
of only nine such stations in Canada.
The fisheries crisis made it clear that the Isle Madame
community would have to change, and that for the
community to pull together, it had to have some kind of
internal communications infrastructure. Telile was
created to show an example of community development, to
build the island's consciousness of itself as a
community; and to disseminate the information which the
island's people would need in the process of renewal.
Telile began with a 40-week full time program of
training in television production attended by a dozen
people. Once trained employees were available, Telile
became an operating non-profit company. Unlike most
community channels in large towns and cities, Telile is
not run by the local cable operator; it is a
freestanding, community-owned organization that
broadcasts its signal on the cable network. The dollars
raised do not go to an existing community group to
maintain a hall or an arena. Instead the money pays for
community programming, free ads for community groups and
original programming on a variety of topics; and every
week in the broadcast season at least one and often two
new programs are produced, an amazing accomplishment for
a staff of only three.
Telile was established to support community economic
development by informing its audience of local
achievements, developments, difficulties and
opportunities. It was also designed to be an economic
development initiative in itself -- a new non-profit
business, creating new jobs in a community that lost 500
jobs in the fishery. It has provided about 45
person-years of employment since its inception.
Today it is a solvent and viable business with
substantial assets and a good business record, which
employs three staff full-time, as well as casual labour
and summer students. It has produced a range of programs
which have focused considerable attention on this little
known corner of Cape Breton. Its success makes it an
important example of job creation and development.
Telile can now reach more of the County’s people than
ever before. Since the CRTC issued a broadcast license
and they went on the air in June of 2002, viewers can
watch on Channel 10 using just an antenna. It remains on
cable Channel 4 on the Eastlink system in western
Richmond and on cable channel 5 on the Seaside System in
eastern Richmond County and the Glace Bay area.
Overall, Telile has proven itself to be a remarkable
venture in community economic development. It provides a
variety of information and entertainment to its
audiences, covering music, sports, politics, community
events and public affairs. It also serves the cause of
development by providing an attractive and effective
advertising medium for individuals and businesses in the
area. Most importantly, it has proven to be what its
founders intended – a facility that enables its audience
to exercise their full citizenship.
"You can't participate if you don't know what's going
on," says Silver Donald Cameron, Telile's founding
chairman. "You can't have real community, and you can't
have real democracy, if you don't have communications.
Telile's role is to make sure that people here do know
what's going on, and do know how they can participate.
That's what Telile is all about."
Become a member:
For just $5, you can become a member of Telile TV!
Click here to fill out our membership form
Call us at 226-1928
Visit us at 17 Conney's Lane in Arichat
Telile is one of only
nine over-the-air, not-for-profit, non-branded community
stations in Canada.
Telile is now on the Bell Satellite system on Channel
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-You can reach us on:
-Channel 536 (Bell Sat)
-Channel 58 Bell FibreOp
-Channel 4 (EastLink)
-Channel 10 (Antenna)
-Channel 63 (Seaside)|
(Eastlink and Seaside locally only)
Box 87, 17 Conney's Lane,
Arichat, NS, Canada, B0E 1A0
(902)226-1928 or fax 226-1331