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Amateur dog show Hounds out rivals in community TV awards
Hound TV wins Antenna Award for Outstanding Outdoor or Recreational Program
By: Steven Pam, producer, Hound TV
Other programs in the category included Adrian’s Reptile World, Spearing the Menu, and Chicks World.
Hound TV is a weekly show covering dog-related stories including breed profiles, dog activities, and heath and training tips. Three seasons have been broadcast, with a fourth now in production.
Producer and presenter Steven Pam says he was genuinely surprised at the win. “Although I’d jotted down some people to thank just in case we did win, I was honestly shocked - we all were! Our budget is non-existent but we love what we do, and we try our best within the constraints of also holding down full-time jobs, to produce the best show we can”, said Pam. “We were really thrilled to have our hard work recognized by our peers”, he added.
Pam, a commercial photographer by day, produces the show from his kitchen table in Melbourne’s Northern suburbs, and goes out to dog events and activities with camera operator Matt Tynan, who films the show on consumer-grade camcorders and then edits on his computer at his Eastern suburbs home.
The two are assisted by occasional volunteer camera operators, production assistants and presenters, including film-making students and graduates.
Pam says that the show now needs a national sponsor or a partnership with a major production company or network in order to be sustainable. “A major sponsor or partnership would allow us to bring our brand of entertainment and education about how fun dogs can be, to a wider audience and to cover more stories. There are serious limits to what we can manage with our current resources.” he said.
The show currently has an audience of up to 100,000 dog lovers and is aired in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth, said Mr Pam.
The Antenna Awards, held annually, are community TV’s answer to the Logies. The awards night celebrates excellence in community TV production.
Community TV stations operate on a non-profit basis with minimal support from the government. Their mandate is to provide alternative programming to the mainstream networks, and provide opportunities for community groups to produce television content. Graduates. Digital. Most capital cities in Australia have community TV stations, with the exception of Canberra, Hobart, and Darwin.
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Weekly show on Australian community TV, covering dog-related stories including breed profiles, dog activities, and heath and training tips. Hosted by Steven Pam.