The University of Portsmouth is taking on the challenge of broadcasting a 24-hour live stream of original programmes, documentaries, short films and events as they happen.
Over 60 television and broadcasting students and staff will begin the broadcast at 8.00pm on Thursday 29 May. It will run for 24 hours straight and will be packed with content made by students from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI), and will include a live interview with Chancellor, Sandi Toksvig.
Charlie Watts, course leader of BSc Television and Broadcasting, is ready for the challenge. He said: “The students initiated these long broadcasts a few years ago. First it was four hours and then six hours – the obvious next step was to really push ourselves and go for 24 hours!
“What we’re attempting is going to be tough. This isn’t just a webcam being pointed at the same area for hours on end; this is going to be a professional broadcast production which is live, varied and passionate. I really think anyone viewing will be knocked out by some of the students’ content.”
The 24-hour broadcast will be played on the University’s dedicated TV channel, CCI TV. It will also be shown on the Portsmouth Big Screen in Guildhall Square and on campus televisions.
The 24 hours will be split into six time zones and each zone has been allocated its own student team. There will be 25 presenters in total working on the broadcast and staff will be working around the clock to ensure it goes smoothly.
Gary Bown, principal lecturer and head tutor for all outside broadcast operations, said: “If students want to go to the moon, we’ll build the rocket, as long as they agree to control the mission. We couldn’t do this without a particular bit of kit though, and the Newtek TriCaster is a very reliable broadcasting system which is the back-bone to all of our plans.”
The broadcast will also allow the CCI Graduate Show on Friday 30 May – an exhibition of final-year work from students studying a range of subjects including architecture, photography and fashion design – to be viewed by thousands.
Thanks to £14 million of investment to extend the University’s Eldon Building this is the first time students from all four schools in the Faculty – Architecture, Art and Design, Creative Technologies and Creative Arts, Film and Media – will be together in the same space for a final year show.
The launch of the new Eldon West Wing extension is happening on the same day as the Graduate Show and will be captured on camera too. Guests at the launch include former Chancellor the actress Sheila Hancock, former Vice-Chancellor Professor John Craven and Dean of CCI, Professor Catherine Harper.
Professor Harper said: “I am thrilled that the staff and students have taken on this notable and exciting challenge; it’s a wonderful way for our students to gain plenty of experience of being in a live broadcast environment, which although stressful will be hugely valuable for them when they enter the world of work.”
Throughout the broadcast students will be fundraising for the following six selected charities: Mind, Brain Tumour Research, WWF UK, Cancer Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society and Hand in Hand for Syria. To donate please visit the link: www.justgiving.com/user/49853169
The broadcast can be viewed online from 8.00pm on Thursday 29 May at www.ccichannel.co.uk