Kick It Out Ambassador Sophie Cook set to front UK's first ever LGBT terrestrial TV channel
Sophie Cook, Kick It Out ambassador and club photographer at AFC Bournemouth, has been announced as the face of the UK’s first ever LGBT TV terrestrial channel, which is set to launch in February 2017.
Below is a press release from Latest TV regarding the announcement.
Latest TV, the UK based TV channel with Europe’s first ever transgender newscaster is continuing their equalities and diversity mission by the creation of the UK’s first ever LGBT TV terrestrial channel!
Broadcasting from February 2017 Latest LGBT+ TV will be bringing the best in LGBT news and entertainment to viewers’ TV screens on Freeview Channel 7 and Virgin Media 159 in the Greater Brighton area, as well as online globally.
Fronting the channel will be two of the city’s best known journalists.
Sophie Cook – Head of Latest LGBT+
Presenter and Head of Latest LGBT+ TV, Sophie Cook joined Latest TV in 2016 and was the first ever transgender woman to front a news programme in Europe. The former RAF engineer, motorbike racer, newspaper editor and rock photographer, was also the 1st trans woman to work in the Premier League as club photographer for AFC Bournemouth.
Her news and chat show ‘Beyond the Rainbow’ will become a weekly highlight of the LGBT+ schedule and in addition she will be creating new documentary programmes for the channel.
Sophie said: “I’m incredibly thrilled about the prospect of leading one of the most exciting developments in British television for decades.
“The world is changing, and not always for the better, throughout the world there is an increasing wave of bigotry and prejudice. This represents a very real possibility to combat that and change peoples lives. We’re aiming to entertain, educate and inspire our viewers.”
Andrew Kay – Creative Director of Latest LGBT+ TV
Andrew Kay, the presenter of Amazon Prime’s ‘International Chef Exchange’ will bring his wit, charm and soufflé to the channel.
Andrew says “I see this as my chance to enjoy, in a public arena, being gay – but also in working towards a better and more equal world. Working with the Latest LGBT+ TV team is going to be exciting, challenging and fun and I hope that people – whether they are LGBT+ or not – will join in.”
Bill Smith, Latest TV’s CEO and nominee for the National Diversity Awards said: “We’re delighted that our channel will be creating daily LGBT news programmes and entertainment shows, as well as screening the very best LGBT films from across the world. We’ll also provide a platform for LGBT filmmakers to share their work. With support from Coast to Capital, Latest TV has launched LGBT+ TV. However we receive no ongoing public funding and so we’ve turned to crowdfunding to finance our service.”
Sophie Cook said: “People power can change the world from the ground up and help to combat prejudice and injustice wherever it may appear. Together we can be the change that we want to see in the world, we’re giving people pride not prejudice.”