Students get set for action with live TV show

FdA Film & Media Production students from New College Durham are set to get first-hand experience of creating, producing and broadcasting a live TV show which will be streamed on the New College Durham YouTube Channel.

Entitled ‘NCD presents Studio Sounds’, the show will be music based with live performances, interviews and discussions. Members of the public are not only invited to tune in live on the evening, but they can also participate as studio audience members.

Stuart Drummond, Programme Leader for FdA Film & Media Production, commented: “The live broadcast is a fantastic way for students to get a taste of what working in the industry will be like, from creating titles and planning the studio set-up, to liaising with guests and clearing content. Students will adopt industry roles and oversee the whole production working as a professional production team.”

The live broadcast will feature local bands with performances confirmed from Box Wine and Reclaim the Reins, with a special guest appearance from The Black Sheep Frederick Dickens, who are also behind local music initiative 'Tracks'. The experience will allow students to get a taste of working practives of studio based live TV, a tough but incredibly rewarding media format. Viewers will also enjoy an interview with Phil Richardson, Programme Leader for FdA Roots Music at New College Durham, and get involved by participating in some music based quiz games.

David Doolan, student on the FdA Film & Media Production programme, commented: “Producing NCD Studio Sounds has given my peers and I the unique opportunity to collaborate with musicians from the College and North East to develop a real live broadcast. As director on the show, it has given me insight into how a real TV production works and has been a fun and challenging experience”.

The show will be broadcast from New College Durham’s on-site TV studio, which is housed in the College’s state-of-the-art media suite.

Drummond continues: “A 45 minute live TV show is probably the most ambitious thing we've attempted to do in the media department, but the main drive of the FdA Film & Media Production programme is to challenge students to adapt to professional type environments where they will need to be focused, flexible and use initiative. I for one can't wait to see what happens!”

The show now been watched by over 600 viewers. To watch the broadcast, tune into the College’s YouTube channel:

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