Talk telly and earn cash

Steph and Dom from Gogglebox
Steph and Dom from Gogglebox

WIGANERS are being offered the opportunity to be paid to give their opinions on what is on the box!

Following the huge success of the cult Channel Four TV show, Gogglebox, Wiganers are now being offered the chance to be paid to give their opinions on forthcoming TV shows before they are released and help programme makers decide on new shows.

The new website – theviewers.co.uk – offers participants the chance to earn between £40-£70 by spending a couple of hours discussing TV and may even offer them the chance to see new TV shows weeks before they hit the screen,

Gogglebox became an instant hit by filming people across the UK watching TV shows and giving their opinions on them.

Now theviewers.co.uk wants your opinions.

Organisers say it is a fresh attempt to shake up the research industry and want Wiganers to take part.

Dean Richardson, a former research manager at UKTV, and the founder of theviewers.co.uk said: The TV research industry is still very London centric. Whenever we ventured further afield we were impressed with the refreshingly honest feedback we received from viewers.

“The issue however is these less researched towns and cities don’t have that ready pool of participants waiting to take part in research projects.

“We set up theviewers.co.uk to target anyone over the age of 16 who fancies being paid to talk about TV but otherwise has no interest in becoming a market research junkie.”

To get involved sign up by visiting theviewers.co.uk

It is free to join and involves a short questionnaire on TV viewing habits which will then be used to match to projects for major UK broadcasters and programme makers.

Dean says this will help increase the number of fresh ideas and opinions available to programme makers.

Gogglebox won a BAFTA TV award and the first series featured two Wiganers - Steven Dermott and Michael Wilcock.

Farah Ramzan Golant, who produces Gogglebox said: “Everyone loves watching TV and talking about TV. But the show isn’t really about TV. The show is about people’s lives, their relationships, their living rooms and the way children and parents talk about TV. It’s near real-time because you’re watching what happened in the seven days before. That’s quite priceless. It captures a cultural response to something that’s happening in the world.”