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Issue:- 17 May  2012

Women of Liverpool breeze to champion status with British Cycling

IN what can only be described as the most exciting year the UK has ever seen, British Cycling's Breeze Network is on the hunt for inspirational women to become the next generation of Breeze champions in Liverpool.

The Breeze network empowers women to change the face of cycling for good and leave a lasting legacy. Led by women for women, Breeze relies on a hugely important group of volunteer champions to make this programme come to life. Breeze champions will help other women enjoy the fun, fresh air and freedom offered by bikes rides. There is no need to be a cycling expert; just be confident on a bike and keen to help others.

If there are any enthusiastic women out there who want to bring out the exciting, friendly and sociable elements of bike rides; Breeze has just the thing. This Ride Leader Award empowers and supports women to lead and deliver women-only bike rides in their local area and shares tips and advice on all practical aspects of a ride.

What:- Breeze Champion Training Course

Where:- Brunswick Room, Greenbank Sports Academy, Greenbank Lane, Liverpool, L17 1AG.

Saturday, 16 June 2012
Time:- 08:45to 17:30     Cost:- FREE

Natalie Justice, Breeze Network Project Manager for British Cycling, said:- "We are so excited about this course and can't wait to meet some fabulous people who'll encourage local women to get on their bike and have fun. There really is no better time to be helping women get on a bike, so what are you waiting for? Go to the website and find out more."

After completing the award and receiving their fabulous free Breeze kit and British Cycling Ride membership, the Breeze champions will be able to deliver their bike rides. The great thing about this network is that women don't have to lead alone. Add an extra dose of girl power and team up with a friend to become Breeze buddies and deliver the ride together. The opportunities are endless.

There are still spaces available, so register to guarantee your place. It's a fun one day ride leadership course where women will meet fellow champions and the best thing about the course is that it's absolutely free.  So, on your bike, get set, go to:- and fill out an application form right now.


LIVERPOOL is on track to get its own local TV station, as bidding opened for operators to win the licences to run the new services.  Liverpool is one of the first 21 areas across to the UK to be given the opportunity to launch its own local TV station, under Government plans to set up a new network of town and city-based television channels. Ofcom is now inviting companies to bid for a licence to run the new service, which is expected to launch on air as early as next year.   The idea was tried once before with Liverpool One, but failed in a very short time after it was launched by the Liverpool Echo, so it will be interesting to see how this goes.

Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Olympics and Sport Jeremy Hunt said:- "I hope to see some really exciting bids in Liverpool for its new local TV channel. Local TV will not only create jobs but it will also provide communities with news and content that is relevant to their daily lives."

Potential operators now have until 13 August 2012, to apply to Ofcom for a licence. Ofcom will award the licence based on a set of criteria including: provision of local news and current affairs; proposals for programmes; planned launch date; and viability of the business plan.  Liverpool was selected as just 1 of the first 21 areas, based on having sufficient levels of interest from potential operators and being technically capable of receiving a local TV service.  Ofcom is also seeking applicants to hold a local TV multiplex licence, with the winning applicant responsible for providing the broadcast infrastructure for local TV services. The competition for the multiplex licence is open to both commercial and not-for-profit bids. The holder of the multiplex licence will have to promote local TV and offer good quality coverage and transmission. It cannot recover carriage costs greater than the costs of transmission from each local TV service.  The full list of 21 towns and cities are:- Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Grimsby, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Preston, Sheffield, Southampton and Swansea.

Email us your views about this plan and let us know what you think.  Do you think we should be looking more at internet services and not TV?  Let us know by emailing with your views.

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