NaSTA Awards celebrate the best of student television live from MediaCity

Categories: School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

This weekend Quays TV was delighted to host the 47th Annual National Student Television Awards 2020, live from MediaCity. While the nominees couldn’t come together in person on the night, live winners' speeches and messages from top industry judges ensured it kept that dramatic awards feel.

Joe Wilmot portrait

Host for the evening was none other than talented BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism graduate Joe Wilmot (pictured). 

Joe said: “I was really excited when I found out we had won our bid to host the awards and conference in 2020, and while we have had to move the awards to a virtual setting, I feel I’ve got the best of both worlds getting to plan a physical event and a virtual one too. It's been one of the biggest cross-university collaborations ever, and it wouldn't have been possible without the hard work of so many departments across Salford. Especially, Technical Services; School of Art, Media and Creative Technology and the Events team who have shared their vast wealth of knowledge with us."

Student Television itself has been active in the UK since 1964, and the NaSTA awards date back to 1973. NaSTA exists to not only draw new and existing student television stations together from across the United Kingdom, but also to provide the platform upon which stations can ask each other for advice, overcome problems and nurture a like-minded community of students and student television stations from across the country.

Edwin Barnes, NaSTA Exec Chair, said: "I'm thrilled to be bringing the 2020 NaSTA Awards to MediaCity - it's great to finally see this long-running event hosted in this key location for TV in the UK. The expertise and professionalism of QuaysTV has made them a joy to work with from the early stages of planning through to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, and planning a virtual show instead. They've done a fantastic job of capturing the excitement and fun of a physical event in their livestream, drawing on their deep industry links to bring familiar faces to the show, all of which serves to highlight new and rising talent in the student TV space and connect students with the industry.”

QuaysTV, the University of Salford’s MediaCity-based student television channel, also scooped the Best Live Broadcast award, as well as winning Highly Commended in the Best Light Entertainment category.

If you missed the event you can catch all the action from the night on YouTube.

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