Presenter Jon Snow Honours BrookesTV As It Turns 100By Oxford Brookes The Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment Oct 11, 2013 11:10AM UTC
Jon Snow, ex-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, honours BrookesTV for being “as good as Channel 4 news” as it celebrated its 100th episode this summer.
A special episode was aired looking back at all the great moments since the making of BrookesTV News seven years ago. The episode included a video message sent from Jon Snow personally to BrookesTV from the Channel 4 news studio. In the video message, Snow says that BrookesTV News offers “fantastic, creative learning for the people who get involved in it”; and that over the years it has “become extremely professional ”.
BrookesTV News is a half-hour news programme produced from scratch by students on the Media and Sound Technology courses in the department of Computing and Communication Technologies at Oxford Brookes University. James Gray, now retired, and Alla Cordrey, worked hard to start the programme in 2006 after achieving funding and space to create what is now a state-of-the-art TV studio for students. BrookesTV was previously involved with the local broadcaster SIXTV and had regular programmes screened on the channel.
“It was great to get back in touch with Jon and a real testament to what we’re doing to get such high praise from someone who is effectively the face of quality news broadcasting in this country”.
Joseph Carr, Technical Instructor (Media Technology)
Students research, write, film, present and edit stories for BrookesTV, and are famous for creating quality local news coverage in Oxfordshire. BrookesTV also gives students opportunities to gain important experience working in a professional TV studio and a chance to get to grips with roles such as Director, Broadcast Assistant and Floor Manager.
This year BrookesTV News successfully completed its seventh series and also its 99th episode. The special 100th episode was made with all the staff and students who have been at the heart of the show over the years. The episode takes an exciting look at some of the best student-made programming and provides an opportunity to look back at footage from the archives, which includes notable guest appearances from Jon Snow, Boris Johnson and Bill Heine.
In the near future, the show will be broadcast for people in Oxfordshire again when the station is re-llaunched as ‘That’s Oxford’.
BrookesTV News can be found on the Oxford Brookes YouTube channel.
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