17th February 2005
INTERACTIVE STUDENT TV
IS WORLD FIRST FOR
Students at the
Spark TV is a fully interactive selection of student programmes on BBCi Hull.
including news, a student showcase, music and sport is accessible via the
Kingston Interactive Television platform and could find itself on BBC Look
North which covers the East Riding of Yorkshire,
Around 40 students are initially involved in the project, which also boasts a dedicated website: www.sparktv.co.uk
“BBCi Hull utilises KIT's cutting-edge ADSL technology to provide true
video-on-demand content, allowing viewers to watch what they want, when they want,” said head of marketing for Spark TV, New Media student Lisa Gray.
Spark is the first interactive student TV channel of its
kind in the world and can be viewed by anyone in the
The channel aims to give students at the university an opportunity to learn various aspects of interactive television production and editing and to provide KIT viewers with new ideas and a unique view of local goings-on.
Students involved in the project study New Media courses at the Hull School of Art
and Design and Media Technology courses at the Hull School of Media Technologies.
“This is a true collaboration between students from the two schools and the students themselves are taking the initiative forward,” said Sarah Humphreys, course leader for New Media at the Hull School of Art and Design.
“It’s got a fantastic sense of independence about it and it’s also a great opportunity for our students to hone their skills.”
The BBC has helped turn the students' web page ideas into reality and is providing space on the KIT platform for the students' films now that the station is up and running.
"We were delighted to help the students at the
“This is another step forward for the BBC: allowing a whole student community to create interactive television content from the ground up, specifically for them. It will be very interesting to see what happens.”
For more information contact:
Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager
01522 886042 firstname.lastname@example.org
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