Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Here's One We Moved Earlier; Blue Peter Set at University

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Here's One We Moved Earlier; Blue Peter Set at University

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Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter

THE iconic set from children's TV favourite Blue Peter has fi-nally sailed into its new home at the University of Sunderland.

The studio, which was left behind in London's Television Centre when Blue Peter relocated to Media City in Salford, will now be used by media production students learning studio skills to help them prepare for working life.

Schools and colleges in the area will also be invited to use the facilities for taster sessions now it has been installed at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's on the River Wear. The university acquired the set from the BBC for PS2,400 last month after it was included in an online auction of Television Centre memorabilia. Its arrival reinforces the North East as a specialist centre for children's television production.

The BBC currently makes hit CBBC series Wolfblood and The Dumping Ground in the region. The shows follow the success of titles including Tracy Beaker Returns, Byker Grove and Supergran - which all used North East locations, crews and production services.

Jason Legget, head of media production at the university, said: "The opportunity to purchase the set came out of the blue and it was something we couldn't say no to as it is such a fantastic opportunity.

"It has got major benefits for the university in a whole range of activities.

It will be invaluable for our TV, radio and film students, in particular because of the Blue Peter brand and the relevance of the studio. It allows our students to work with a top quality industry set and gives them an opportunity to work in real world environment ready for when they graduate.

"We already had a high quality TV studio of industry standard and we regularly have media professionals who are envious of the facilities available to the university students. …

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