Prince Charles hosts Sunderland students

Royal date for University of Sunderland students.

Royal date for University of Sunderland students.

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STUDENTS from Sunderland have been rubbing shoulders with royalty.

A group of media production students from the city’s university were among 100 guests of the Prince of Wales at the Royal Television Society (RTS) conference in Covent Garden.

Prince Charles, who is the society’s patron, admitted he had been “meddling” in highlighting the importance of craft skills such as sound recording, post-production editing and cinematography in the television industry.

After meeting the prince, the Sunderland students went on to take part in masterclasses hosted by the UK’s leading directors of photography, sound engineers and editors, who spoke about their work on hit shows such as The X Factor, The Voice, Broadchurch and Frozen Planet.

Prince Charles told the students that his experience of appearing in a number of documentaries had left him with huge respect for the “hidden army of unsung heroes behind the cameras”.

He also referred to a recent report from Creative Skillset which had highlighted significant skills shortages across all forms of production, including designers, mixers, editors and costume supervisors.

Wearside television and radio production student Sarah Durham, who took part in the event, said: “It was exciting meeting the Prince. He was really interested in preserving important craft skills in television.”

Graeme Thompson, dean of arts, design and media at the University of Sunderland, was one of the speakers at the event, along with Danny Cohen, director of television for the BBC.