Boro TV went out on the TV screens in a low budget pilot screening in 1997. It overtook Manchester United in the race to set up a dedicated football club TV channel.
Alongside myself were Juninho, Craig Hignett and Dave Roberts as presenters.
The following year myself and Alastair Brownlee were approached to take up the job presenting regular shows.
It was aired for the first time on Comcast channel 9 on 19th February and was on twice a week. Eventually Ntl would take over.
The channel’s focus was the weekly magazine show Totally Red.
At first the studio and equipment were very basic, in time we developed and became a professional production.
The part of the show I was most involved in was Bernie’s About. I interviewed past and present Boro players and some local celebrities.
This has now helped me with my books Bernie’s About.
I continued to work for Boro TV for 5 years until the end of 2002. I had a dispute about my wages and I was sacked. I later took them to a tribunal for unfair dismissal, unfortunately I lost, but at least I had stood up for my principals.
Despite this I enjoyed my time at Boro TV, the channel eventually came off the screen a year or so after I left.
BoroTV Limited returned as an independent production company directed by Adam Nolan, who was producer of the original shows. Despite not going out live on a TV channel, they continue to cover most Middlesbrough games and produce DVDs for Middlesbrough Football Club. BoroTV Limited also produced Lucky Slaven and Legends Uncensored.