// Samiya Hassan
Today, we grieve the loss of Western TV.
What once was a growing media outlet for students, by students, tragically passed away last year after a long battle with mediocrity. Gone is its soul, leaving behind nothing but the name it bears.
For some, WTV was a place to discover love of reporting, editing, or producing. For others, it was a group on campus that felt like a family. WTV’s inclusive, explorative and pure spirit swelled through its short years, making its mark on the people who were lucky enough to be a part of its life. WTV was built on raising students up and and providing creatives the space to do what they wanted.
I’ll never forget the day I walked into my first meeting at WTV. There were thirty-something upper year students laughing around a big USC conference table. They welcomed new members to the WTV crew and made it clear that collectively our goal was to create content that did not have to answer to anyone.
The pillars of WTV: inclusion, creativity, and expression. Its ethos was visible through the content it supported. The loss of WTV is felt greatly by friends and content creators alike. It will always be remembered for covering a broad range of events, giving student musicians and school clubs alike a platform to showcase their message. Despite its low viewership, WTV never gave up on its passion for originality and ingenuity.
Battling monopolization in the final stages of its life, WTV struggled to stay independent. It kept its hopes high to maintain its identity as an outlet that could provide a stage for the many talented students on Western’s campus, regardless of the likelihood of it metastasizing.
The decision to join forces with the Gazette was a hail Mary, but alas, WTV succumbed to homogeneity and died. WTV took its last breaths pumping out cheap videos for viewership and personal gains, leaving behind a team of uncreative, view-hungry robots. Let us instead remember the times of the Minute Update and Backyard Music Sessions.
Our newsfeeds may be flooded with clickbait videos showcasing yet another Drunk Interview Segment or the ‘FIMS show’ Mr. Conopoly has turned it into. I will not remember it like this. I will continue to hope for a day when the spotlight dims and WTV can share the stage with other creatives looking for a platform.
The legacy of the real WTV will always remain close to my heart. In this trying time, I take comfort in remembering the sense of integrity and inclusivity that Western TV once gave its audience. Let’s all remember what this channel used to stand for.