Student radio presenters win a national award

Josh Coles from Spark FM.
Josh Coles from Spark FM.
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STUDENT radio presenters are celebrating a national award.

Spark, the University of Sunderland’s community TV and radio station, picked up a prize at the National Student Television Awards.

Spark scooped the prize in the Best Comedy category for its satirical take on a news programme, Not the News Network.

The show looks at the previous week’s events, with a team of students putting a comedic spin on them for the audience.

Jonny Scrafton, director of the programme, said: “We’re all so proud that we won this award. The whole team worked incredibly hard on both episodes and I know it’s all something we took a lot of joy from producing.

“With a show like this, it’s completely a group effort so I’d like to thank and congratulate everyone who was part of the programme for all that they did.

“We’d also like to thank Sue Thompson, senior lecturer in video and production, who was executive producer on the show and was of huge support to us all.”

Elsewhere, the TV and radio station was highly commended for its sports programme, Aye Sports Derby Special, focusing on the Tyne-Wear Derby, and its music video Good Weekend Festival 2011.

Josh Coles, presenter and producer of the Good Weekend Festival 2011 coverage, said: “The awards ceremony was all a bit of a blur. I was in shock. The decision to travel with all our camera gear on the train from Sunderland all the way to Winchester last summer was one I don’t regret now.

“I’m delighted to hear our coverage on the festival has been highly commended by judges including T4 presenter Georgie Okell. This latest recognition for Spark Sunderland has cemented my passion for creating fun and thought-provoking TV content.”

Fred Marden, head of television and new media, said: “It’s so great that Spark TV is getting the recognition it deserves.”

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