28th June 2005




Digital interactive student TV channel Spark TV has won a prestigious Royal Television Society award.


Spark TV, a collaboration between BBCi in Hull and students at the University of Lincoln, won the award for Innovative Idea of the Year at in the Yorkshire Centre Programme Awards in Leeds on Monday.


Spark is the World's first on-demand broadband student television service, produced by students of the University of Lincoln and hosted by BBCi Hull.


The BBC also received awards for Best News Magazine (Look North, BBC Yorkshire), Best News or Sports Reporter (Morland Sanders - Inside Out, BBC North), Unsung Hero of the Year (Diane Marshall, BBC Yorkshire) and Best Network Camerawork (Keith Massey - Restoration North, BBC Four).


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.


Visit the Spark TV web site at http://studenttv.newmediahull.net



For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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