Media Trust awarded more funding for Community Channel

The Office of the Third Sector has given the Media Trust £2.4m to spend on its Community Channel.

Speaking at the trust’s annual reception on 11 June, chairman Andy Duncan announced the new funding, which comes alongside £300,000 from the Vodafone UK Foundation and v for Charge, the channel’s youth programme.

Duncan also announced that the BBC has sent three members of staff to work on secondment for the trust: Daren Forsyth, Chloe Davies and Dominic Cotton.

Mark Thompson, director general of the BBC, said: "The Media Trust complements and adds value to the work of BBC, enhancing our ability to give voice to charities and communities."

Charge, which is dedicated to volunteering, social action and issues concerning young people, will be relaunched in magazine format on the channel in the autumn. The programme will include TrueTube, a slot that will tackle subjects such as crime, poverty, health and race, and The House, shot from the House of Commons, which will give young people the opportunity to interview politicians.

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