Magazine article Times Higher Education

Co-Productions Give Students Chance to Screen-Test Skills

Magazine article Times Higher Education

Co-Productions Give Students Chance to Screen-Test Skills

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Local TV stations look to university partnerships for trainees and content. David Matthews reports.

Universities are broadening their efforts to find work experience for students by helping to run the UK's new crop of local television stations.

Scottish broadcaster STV won the licence for a new Glasgow station in mid- January, and a key part of its bid was that journalism students at Glasgow Caledonian University would contribute their work to the programmes.

Julian Calvert, senior lecturer in journalism at Glasgow Caledonian, said that students were "producing a lot of material which is near broadcast quality" that could be used for the station, GTV.

The university was "very much in favour of community involvement", he said, and GTV would cover "communities that haven't had a route to getting on TV before".

Noting that there were already graduates of Glasgow Caledonian working at STV, Mr Calvert said that the partnership would bring even more opportunities for work experience for current students.

Pamela Gillies, the vice-chancellor, will be a director of the station, which will be broadcast via Freeview and is set to go live on 1 October.

A similar partnership was struck between STV and Edinburgh Napier University in a successful bid for the licence to run a local station in the Scottish capital. As in Glasgow, Edinburgh Napier students will gain experience by working on programmes for the channel, ETV, which will also go live on 1 October.

Bobby Hain, director of channels at STV, said that while many higher education institutions had their own television stations, "this is the closest formal association a broadcaster has formed" with universities in the UK. …

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