Salford students stage TV broadcast marathon for Comic Relief

Thursday 14 March 2013

More than 50 media students will be staging a 12-hour broadcast marathon at the University of Salford on Friday 15 March in aid of Comic Relief.

The team, which runs the University’s Quays TV channel, will be hoping to broadcast a mixture of live politics, sport and business news, including interviews with Salford and Eccles MP Hazel Blears and celebrity stylists, at the University’s MediaCityUK building. The marathon will also feature a global programme produced in collaboration with students at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

The broadcast will be shown live on the University’s huge MediaCityUK video wall and online, with the aim of raising £1,000 for Comic Relief. The students taking part are from more than 10 different courses across the Schools of Arts & Media and Computing, Science & Engineering.

Journalism lecturer Sarah Jones said: “I believe it’s the first time any university has attempted a 12-hour live broadcast, so it’s going to be a real challenge for our students and a great learning experience which will develop their skills.”

The broadcast can be watched live at the University of Salford, MediaCityUK, from 7.00am-7.00pm on Friday 15 March or online at the Quays News website. To sponsor the Quays TV team go to its Red Nose Day donation page.

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