Donate FAQ - some further questions answered
Why Does TX Factor Exist?
Good question! TX Factor is produced by amateurs who are passionate about amateur radio and the wider issues of the hobby around the world. If there wasn’t a passionate audience out there to receive and appreciate the programme, we wouldn’t bother! It’s because it has been so well received that we continue to make the shows, and the feedback we get after each episode is released reinforces this passion and makes it all worthwhile.
Is TX Factor Sponsored?
Yes, but only to a point. TX Factor is part-financed by sponsorship in the form of short adverts within the show and at the top and tail of each episode. Our sponsor has no control over editorial content - even the equipment reviews. Most recently, and as a new initiative, we have received help from appreciative viewers who have supported us with generous donations. These gifts have gone some way to covering the high cost of production and will help us in maintaining the quality and frequency of the episodes.
Who is Behind The Project?
The shows are produced and presented by Bob McCreadie G0FGX, Mike Marsh G1IAR and Nick Bennett 2E0FGQ, three amateurs with a wide range of knowledge in the hobby, and with a lifetime of experience in the real world of public broadcasting. The shows are professionally produced to a high technical and editorial standard, and since the project was launched in February of 2014 it has received acclaim from all corners of the UK and from amateurs around the world.
Will TX Factor Come to an End?
One day! However, as long as our contributors remain enthusiastic and the thousands of viewers around the globe keep clicking, we will endeavour to continue making the shows. Our aim is to produce up to ten episodes regularly throughout the year, but quality TV is not cheap to produce - especially the post-production phase - so we’re grateful to our sponsor and the contributors who have so far given donations to help cover the increasing costs.
Why is TX Factor so Popular?
We think it’s because it’s the only UK-produced TV show dedicated to all things radio. Amateur radio is a minority-interest hobby, and one that receives little coverage by the mainstream broadcast media. So, we saw the potential! TX Factor is produced by ordinary folk who, like us all, have busy lives, yet find some time to 'show and tell’ about their favourite hobby - amateur radio. The comments received following each episode remind us that TX Factor hits the spot by getting amateur radio into the public domain. One of our self-imposed remits is to promote the hobby to the younger generation and revitalise interest in what is often perceived by the youngsters as an activity from the dark ages!
How Can We Help?
Simple! By watching the shows and telling anyone who’s not heard about our channel to take a look. If you have any ideas for future content, then let us know. We already have a long list of topics to explore, but sometimes a suggestion is so apposite we need to cover it straight away for maximum impact and topicality. A donation will help too! Every penny given to the TX Factor project will go towards covering the cost of producing the shows: transport, accommodation, subsistence, equipment hire, professional fees, post-production costs and of course, admin. It all adds up!