The webmaster of the TV presentation website, TV Forum, tonight announced that the site will close at the end of March.
The online forum launched on 22nd March 2001, as a spin-off from the TV Home website, which showcased the channel idents of the main UK television channels.
TV Forum provided TV presentation enthusiasts with a means of discussing their shared interest in a much more engaging and interactive format than they had hitherto been used to. Pres fans had previously mostly relied on mailing lists such as MHP for such discussion.
Over the years, hundreds of people within the broadcast industry have also contributed to the many threads on TV Forum. Hundreds more “lurk” and observe the discussions.
The site has been the go-to place when any TV channel updates its on-air presentation. The fact that a relatively recent breakdown on BBC One caused TV Forum to crash is perhaps an indication of its enduring popularity.
In this evening’s closure notice, TV Forum‘s webmaster, Asa Hicks, thanked the many contributors over the years:
I’ve genuinely been really proud to run TV Forum. But a forum is nothing without posters so thank you to all of you who have contributed posts, topics, amazing mocks and answered requests over the years. Particularly those who have been around since the early days as your support and continued presence here helped shape much of the community.Asa Hicks, TV Forum webmaster.
There have been well over a million posts, 130,000 kudos given to 1300 members, around 4000 mock designs and 16,000 Gallery votes. Not bad going.
The TV Room would like to thank Asa and the various TV Forum moderators over the years, for keeping the site going, and facilitating thousands of threads for the benefit of presentation enthusiasts and broadcast professionals alike. No mean feat and greatly appreciated.
PICTURED: TV Forum website front page. COPYRIGHT: TV Forum.