17th February 2005




Students at the University of Lincoln in Hull have launched a unique interactive student TV station in conjunction with BBCi Hull.


Spark TV is a fully interactive selection of student programmes on BBCi Hull.


Content 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, Hull and Lincolnshire.


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 Hull area with a KIT box.


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.


Stuart Mountain, senior broadcast journalist for New Media at the BBC, said: "We've tried to ensure the pages reflect as accurately as possible what the students wanted. Although people will access their films via a BBC service, the films themselves are all the students own work - we're essentially acting as a facilitator.


"We were delighted to help the students at the University of Lincoln with this innovative and unique project.


“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                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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