The Narrowcasters

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01Teachers Tv20110308

Could education standards be raised if more teachers watched themselves on TV? In the first of a new series featuring some of Europe's most unusual minority TV stations, Nigel Cassidy goes back to school to meet the programme-makers of Teachers TV.

Producer: Ben Crighton.

New series featuring some of Europe's most unusual minority TV stations with Nigel Cassidy

02The Money Channel20110315

Romania may be struggling to establish a fully functioning market economy, but it can at least boast something even the UK lacks - a 24-hour business TV channel.

Nigel Cassidy looks in on a live broadcast from the capital Bucharest, and asks if the network is providing the best role models for budding entrepreneurs in the former Communist state.

Producer: Ben Crighton.

Nigel Cassidy visits The Money Channel, Romania's 24-hour business TV network.

03Eitb20110322

European business correspondent Nigel Cassidy visits EITB, the Basque TV station that makes its own soap opera to boost the popularity of the ancient language of Euskara.

Nigel Cassidy drops in on the highest-rating programme on Basque television.

04The Poker Channel20110329

Europe's most unusual minority TV stations with Nigel Cassidy.

Tiny television network the Poker Channel is gambling on turning late night card games into compulsive viewing.

Nigel Cassidy drops in on the Poker Channel, a dedicated gaming TV network.

05 LAST20110405

Religious broadcasting may have dwindled in Britain along with Church attendance.

But that's not the case in Italy.

In the final edition of The Narrowcasters, the series which looks at the world of specialist TV channels, the BBC's Europe Business Correspondent Nigel Cassidy reports from Rome where he drops in on the Vatican Television Centre.

The nerve centre of the Holy See's TV operation is a huge state of the art mobile outside broadcast unit parked just off St Peter's Square.

It beams out regular live pictures of Pope Benedict's audiences and activities to adherents and non-believers alike.

It even turned in a small profit last year from selling the live pictures to major broadcasters.

But it's not the only Catholic TV in town.

Nigel Cassidy also discovers TV 2000, an entire TV channel owned by some Italian clergy.

It shows documentaries, phone-ins and discussions, which seek to add a moral dimension to the talking points of the day.

Some see such channels as an antidote to the brasher side of Italian television, where commercial stations owned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi are better known for quiz and music shows featuring scantily-clad hostesses.

But as Nigel Cassidy reports, it may be that in spite of their mission to evangelise the world, Italy's Catholic broadcasters are largely preaching to the already converted.

Europe's most unusual minority TV stations with Nigel Cassidy.