Province 5 Television
Province 5 Television, formerly Navan Community Television, is a non-profit community access television station, established in May 1991. It broadcasts on the Chorus platform relaying its programmes to over 5,000 homes in Navan and environs.

In 1991, an amendment to Cable Management Ireland’s cable licence providing for community access programming was granted by the Minister for Communications in May on a pilot basis for 1 year. This amendment allowed transmission of community programmes on the Navan cable system. Navan’s licence was indefinitely extended in 1992 - again by Ministerial Order.

Transmissions began on the 12th May 1991 and have been on-going to date.

The Station is presently managed and operated by volunteers who produce 1-2 hours of community access television programmes each week. Each programme is broadcast 4 times daily, for the entire week. Province 5 Television also operates a community “Text Service” 24/7 on a dedicated “community tv” Chorus channel.

Members of the present Province 5 Television come from all walks of life and freely give their time in all areas of programme production. The station produces a varied selection of programmes including Documentaries, News and Current Affairs, Irish language; Music and Entertainment, Education, Sport and a number of these programmes are signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. Programmes are recorded on Wednesday and Thursday nights and are now broadcast each night on Navan’s cable system, Chorus.

The original training of the group was organised and lead by Kevin Mac Namidhe through the Centre for Adult and Community Education department in St. Patrick’s College Maynooth. The group first attained certification in Local Television Broadcasting and followed on with a Diploma in Community Television Broadcasting.

Today, in-service training is given at regular intervals to members throughout the year. Topics covered include television production, technical operations, scripting and presentation. Members are fully trained to professional level.

Apart from making weekly programmes for Navan, the group also made a series of 10 magazine type programmes for the community of Swords /Malahide in 1993 which was aired by the Chorus network in that region.

In 1997, Province 5 Television entered another new era in telecommunications, when it began broadcasting a series of 26 programmes, “Meath Review”, nation-wide on Teilifis na Gaeilge (TG4) and on “Europe by Satellite” throughout Europe.

Other volunteers are long-term participants in the community station at both programming and management levels. All those involved are keenly aware of the need for a community television service in this area such as is proposed in this document. A Steering Committee (including representatives of the community and present members of Province 5 Television) was put in place in December 2005 for the purpose of making an application to the BCI for a “Community Content Contract” and to make way for the establishment of a new company now known as P5tv Ltd. Kevin Mac Namidhe was appointed Station Director in September 2006. P5tv received a10-year licence in July 2006 from the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland. Kevin Mac Namidhe was appointed Station Director in September 2006. The station began broadcasting in November 2006.
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