Students to help BBC on Olympics coverage

Headteacher Lucy Ford with pupils, from left, Harry Walker, six, Alex Voroneanu, six, Tilly Howard, seven, and Jamie Gilmartin, seven Picture: Sarah Standing (170793-3928)

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STUDENTS from the University of Portsmouth have been chosen by the BBC to work on the 2012 Olympic Games.

The broadcaster selected 18 young people from the university – twice the number expected – to be involved in producing content for the UK’s Big Screens during the Olympics.

Next year the big screens will be used for live coverage, local content, news and events related to the Olympic and Paralympic games.

The students have had specialist training in preparation for working with video and computers in the project.

Charlie Watts, course leader for television and broadcasting, said: ‘We’ve been nurturing a collaborative relationship with the BBC for nearly two years and it’s really starting to provide fantastic opportunities for our students and the University.

‘The students’ formal applications to the BBC were so good the television broadcaster recruited an additional nine which says a great deal about the quality of the specialist courses we run here. It is a brilliant endorsement.’

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