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Meet The Team

Don Chamberlain – Is a Director of the Dearne Media Group CIC and has spent a lifetime in communications, in journalism and corporate PR. A miner’s son – he was firmly told “don’t go down t’ pit lad “. He did but as mining correspondent of the former Sheffield Morning Telegraph. Though working away Don lived in Barnsley and Darton before he recently retired and moved near the east coast. He started up Barnsley Tv twenty years ago then as a terrestrial broadcasting project. Development of social media however has enabled a switch to the Internet which enables greater opportunity for showcasing the best of Barnsley and it’s many voluntary organisations. Don is interested in car mechanics and classic cars and recently passed the Institute of Advanced Driving Test – a project he failed to achieve some thirty years earlier.

Maxwell Senior – is a Director of Dearne Media Group CIC and Company Treasurer. He has also done his share of programme production, presentation and voiceovers. Barnsley born, Max was a steel worker and a miner before leaving the coal industry and going to High Melton College, Doncaster, where he was awarded the Diploma /HE FCIH. For 27 years thereafter, he was a local government office, first as a housing contracts manager in Rotherham then as Principal Hate and Hidden Crime Officer for Barnsley MBC. He plays for Dodworth Miners’Welfare Brass Band, is Secretary of the Dodworth Miners Welfare, and Chair of Barnsley Amnesty Group.. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of Barnsley U3A.  

James Beechy – Working for Con-Tech services for over 31 years and 2 years as administrator to Barnsley Local TV Facebook page, cameraman and editor.

Barrie Davenport – Spent his whole working career with the BBC in Engineering, Studio Management and finally as a Producer.
On retirement in 1990 he set up a business as a Freelance Recording Engineer and made many CD’s for Brass Bands and Choirs.
Still wanting to be involved in the Media, in 1995 he moved to Local TV in Bradford and designed and installed the Studio there for live Cable Broadcasting.
He joined Barnsley Local TV in 2006 and besides being a Committee Member carries out Camerawork, Editing and Technical Installation.
At the end of 2014 he became involved with Kirklees Local TV based in Huddersfield and now splits his time between there and Barnsley.
He keeps very busy all the time and that’s how he likes it.


Dave Hodgson – has spent most of his working life in broadcast media. Beginning in Hospital Radio during the 1960’s, he was able to secure professional employment at the BBC at the dawn of local radio. His first job was as a Technical Operator, where he found he had a natural talent for recording music and then moved on to Presentation and Production. After 16 years retirement loomed, but before any relaxation could start, he was asked to join the Media Faculty at the local university, where instead of doing, he taught it. 6 years later and through amalgamation the faculty was abolished, so rest now? No, he was approached by Bradford Council to join the team re-building the Bradford Alhambra, designing the sound system, which lead him to mix with people intent on producing local television. So before he could reach for his slippers, Dave found himself working in television production, which he does to this day at BLTV. He has subsequently decided not to retire – as no-one will let him. Dave also wishes to point out that he is a qualified steam engine driver.

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