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Wednesday 5 November 2014

Students assist BBC during debate

As the debate around English devolution develops, the BBC has been investigating what voters, politicians and decision-makers really think – and Southampton Solent’s state-of-the-art media facilities and students have been helping out.


The University’s Outside Broadcast (OB) truck and students were given the opportunity to assist and watch the BBC in action as they recorded a political debate about English devolution at the Berry Theatre, Hedge End.

Martyn Welch, Engineering Manager for the BBC at the event says, “The Solent University OB vehicle allows us to do things that would otherwise be done outside of the BBC – we are the only region that has been allowed to make this programme in-house.”

“As ever, the students were great, getting stuck in with helping make everything work,” he added.


All final-year Media Technology and Outside Broadcasting students went along to help with setting up and rigging the technical facilities.

“Our great links with industry continue to enhance the student experience at Solent. We have a great working relationship with the BBC and they continue to give our students invaluable experience of working with a top broadcaster at a high profile event,” Solent’s Head of Media Technology, Sean Lancastle.

Called ‘More Power to the South? A South Today Special’, the programme will be aired tonight on BBC One (Wednesday 5 November) at 22:35.

“The work experience was an excellent way to further develop many skills above and beyond what is taught in class,” says BSc Media Technology student Stuart Whitehead.