Ballyfermot Television has been struggling to establish itself on and off for over ten years.

Community television began in Ballyfermot, West Dublin, with the arrival of the cable system Phoenix Relays in 1974. The community association set up a group to promote the development of a community television channel in agreement with the cable company and the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs Conor Cruise O'Brien.  

Initially transmission went out live through the cable system every Thursday. While the content was controlled by the people, the cable company financed the operation. When Phoenix Relays sold on their franchise, finance was withdrawn. However, the community group continued to explore the opportunities to develop home produced television using local resources and people.  

Micheal Ó Houlihan reports for 'Slants' on 20 October 1985.