Local TV Channel Broadcasting from Studio School

Posted on: February 6, 2015

This evening students from Walsall Studio School worked alongside experienced media professionals at Big Centre TV opening event at the school.  They will continue to work on the new local television channel as part of their studies, when it launches at their school later this month.

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Big Centre TV will broadcast to millions of viewers from Walsall Studio School – based in the Goldmine Centre – and will see more than 30 students involved with the station as part of their studies.

Peter Stack, creative director and head of Sixth Form at Walsall Studio School, said students will benefit from the new partnership.

“Our philosophy is to bring the place of work to the school,” he said.

“This partnership will allow us to create an education and training programme, that will eventually give students an incredible opportunity to participate in a wide range of roles within Big Centre TV – from presenting to production.”

The partnership will see the station having use of the school’s media studio, a presentation suite, as well as a 400-seat auditorium.

The station – which launches on February 28 – will also have access to broadcast cameras and a TriCaster production facility, which uses green screen to insert ‘virtual studio’ backgrounds, for news and current affairs programmes.

Dan Parkes, the school’s principal, added: “This is a huge opportunity for our students to be engaged with such an exciting project. “It will provide invaluable practical experience and give them a competitive advantage as they enter their future careers in business and the creative industries.”
Kevin Davis, Chair of Governors and CEO of the Vine Trust Group – which run the Goldmine Centre – said the move was “great news for Walsall” and “a real coup” for the St Matthew’s Quarter. “I am encouraged that the inward investment and job creation, will add to its credentials as a creative work, live, play and learn centre,” he said.
Big Centre TV will cover Birmingham, the Black Country and Solihull, providing an estimated 2.3 million viewers with a mix of local and national news, current affairs and magazine shows, alongside comedy, music and light entertainment, children’s content, shopping and other commercially-led programmes.

The station will broadcast seven days a week on Freeview channel 8, with programmes also available online.

Chris Perry, channel director at Big Centre TV, said: “We are extremely fortunate to partner with Walsall Studio School, which has some of the best people, production and broadcast facilities. “As a professional media company we have big ambitions and these can only be met through having access to outstanding facilities and talent, which is exactly what Walsall Studio School provide.”

More information:

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Big Centre TV Facebook
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