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Business Access TV Comes Mid Year

Published:Wednesday | February 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Directors of Business Access TV during a photo shoot for the launch of the channel (from left) Oliver Holmes, Delano Forbes, Garth Walker and Leighton Davis.

After launching their flagship brand Wealth Magazine more than five years ago, Garth Walker and Leighton Davis have their sights set on television and laptop screens with the launch of their Business Access Channel.

Walker and Davis have partnered with Delano Forbes, director of Phase Three Productions, and investment banker Oliver Holmes, managing director of Capital Options Limited, in their latest venture - The Business Access Channel. They hope to go live in May or June, with content being aired 24 hours daily.

FIRST OF ITS KIND

This will bring the Jamaican viewers a first-of-its-kind business and lifestyle-focused content that will inform and educate the business community and persons who are interested in staying abreast of what's happening in the business and financial markets of Jamaica and the Caribbean.

"It's a private venture and we would prefer not to disclose the amount of the investment and the investors," Walker said in response to The Gleaner's query. But he confirmed that the venture is fully funded and was a sizeable investment.

The ever confident Walker told The Gleaner that with Wealth Magazine's easily recognisable brand, they are anticipating a strong start for the channel which will be part of Flow's (Columbus Communications) cable television network and will benefit from Flow's significant local distribution, IP video technology with the potential for Caribbean-wide distribution on Flow. The channel will employ more than 30 full-time workers and numerous contract workers.

Regarding the thousands of potential viewers across the island not served by Flow, Walker said his team was aware of them and will, over time, "build out to other networks accross the island as we seek to penetrate and ensure that all if not most persons who have access to a cable network will be able to tune in to Business Access TV, because we are serious about business".