Online TV and radio channel to be launched for LGBT audience

An online television and radio channel aimed at the gay, lesbian and bisexual community is to be launched later this year, which will feature a range of new dramas, comedies and light entertainment programmes.

Fruit TV is a joint initiative between radio and TV indie Made in Manchester – which produces regularly for the BBC, former ITV editor Scott Heslop, ex-Granada assistant producer Anthony Beswick, and businessman Iain Scott.

Ashley Byrne, who is creative director of Made in Manchester, and who is director of commissioning for Fruit TV, said the content would include “documentaries and drama through to arts, lifestyle, comedy and short films”.

“There will also be biographies, light entertainment shows and other regular features from all around the globe. We are even working on a radio soap aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender world,” he added.

Director of programme production Scott Heslop said: “Fruit TV is about providing exclusive programming for an under-represented audience. LGBT issues have been forgotten about by the media because producers think they’ve done ‘the gay thing’, but many of the issues are still there and with equality comes new challenges and new stories to tell.”

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