Smile please: You’re on Candid Camera – with Swindon Viewpoint Community Media

Swindon Viewpoint Community Media

A few lines from their website can explain better than I what Swindon Viewpoint is all about –

Swindon Viewpoint is Britain’s original and longest-running Community TV service. And as such it holds a special place in Britain’s media story.

44 years ago we began life on cable. But nowadays you can find us online at There you’ll discover thousands of locally-produced videos and photographs on wide-ranging topics. For example: Music, Visual Arts, Social Action, Politics, Sports, Festivals & Community Events, Education, Health, Public Service Broadcast, Drama, Documentary and Independent/Creative Film. We may be long-lived, but we’ve always been progressive, and as we develop the service, we hope to be introducing new kinds of media.’

Original and long-standing

I’m intrigued to learn that Swindon Viewpoint is Britain’s original and longest standing community television service. It began recording programmes in 1973.  Moreover, the oldest film on Swindon was made almost a century ago. How cool is that?

Hearing about this service underlines the whole point I am trying to make about Swindon via this blog: that there is so much more to it than meets the eye and that it can always surprise one as this has surprised and me.

 Swindon Viewpoint belongs to YOU in case you didn’t know. Or if you simply want to support free, accessible and accountable local media. The service is free, accessible and accountable to you, the people of Swindon.

Railway Town

See also Railway Town Film.
This film made by Martin Parry – ‘Railway Town’ is the unique story of Swindon and the major challenge it had to overcome to establish and flourish. Click here to purchase it.

See also: MBE for Swindon Viewpoint Man –

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