Three Live Outside Broadcasts With The University Of Portsmouth

Three Live Outside Broadcasts With The University Of Portsmouth

Over the past two weeks, I've been working across three different sites on three separate broadcasts which were all screened live onto the Big Screen Portsmouth, Guildhall Square. 

The shows were produced, written and presented by students at The University of Portsmouth for exam purposes. Each show had it's own subject and the students were tasked to produce programmes lasting between 30 and 45 minutes in length. 

My role on these live experiences expanded far beyond my role as producer of the Big Screen but, seeing as I had previously worked on these shows for the past three years as well as produce my own show when I was at University, it seemed fitting to have me on hand as a support. 

The three shows came from different locations across Hampshire. The first took place at the oldest and most haunted building in Portsmouth, Wymering Manor. The second, was broadcast from the Queen Alexander Hospital, celebrating 70 years of the National Health Service (NHS) and the final show was broadcast from the newly reopened and already award-winning, Southsea Parade Pier. 

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My role initially, as always has been on these projects thus far, saw me as the van driver. Exciting I know but, being a qualified driver for the University of Portsmouth allowed for the smooth transportation of highly valued equipment to and from each site. 

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At Wymering Manor, I mainly assisted from a technical standpoint. I helped set up the satellite that is used to transmit the shows and look at adding the live broadcast to the Big Screen. 

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At Queen Alexander Hospital, I assisted with some of the editing of the credits, the set up, the live sound in the location's atrium as well as also ensuring the show was broadcast live on the Big Screen. 

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The Southsea Parade Pier saw me have more of an extensive task to assist with. I could see that students were lacking confidents in their roles and so because I had experience, I felt it was necessary to go over to them and help explain what it is they needed to do, even if that meant trying to quickly explain minor details of the equipment they were using. It seemed they just needed something to help boost their self-confidence. I also assisted the lighting manager, who actually did an amazing job as well as set up the stage lighting for the musical performance.

All three broadcasts were successful transmitted to the Big Screen Portsmouth. From next week, I have scheduled, "The Wymering Manor Investigation" to repeat daily for Portsmouth to once again enjoy.

Both staff and students did a fantastic job at pulling these three live shows together and I very much look forward to seeing what the future has for live TV within the university.

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