Education Digital, the Brook Lapping and Carlton-backed consortium, appointed by the government this week to launch
Education Digital, the Brook Lapping and Carlton-backed consortium, appointed by the government this week to launch Teachers TV, has been granted a budget of around£45m subject to a successful pilot. The bulk of the money will be spent with indies.The cash will be spread equally over three years and will be used to fund Europe's first dedicated TV channel for teachers, if the£1m pilot in February is a success. Around 60% of the budget will be spent on original programming with a further 5% allocated to acquired programming.If Teachers TV is given the green light, a full launch is expected next November when four hours of programmes will rotate daily from 06.00 to midnight on Sky, Freeview, NTL and Telewest.Aimed at teachers in primary and secondary schools, the schedule will include educational and entertainment programmes as well as an hour of education news.The consortium, appointed by the Department of Education and Skills to run the channel on a three-year contract, will be led by indie Brook Lapping alongside Carlton and London University's Institute of Education.Former ITV News editor Nigel Dacre will be chief executive while documentary maker Brian Lapping will be chairman. Andrew Bethell, an ex-teacher who went on to run indie Double Exposure, will be director of programmes.Several indies have been recruited to shape the pilot including Maverick TV, Real Life Media, Evans Woolfe and Double Exposure. Also on board are Television Junction, Glasshead, Lambent Productions, Available Light Productions and Big Heart Media.Ideas already pitched include a fly-on-the-wall classroom analysis to show how gifted teachers "bring the curriculum alive" and a programme featuring advice on how to ease workload and make the best of classroom resources.A makeover show will spruce up a classroom, playground or gym over a weekend, while a national competition to find the funniest teacher will also be launched.

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