THE BBC’s iconic Blue Peter has finally sailed into its new home at Sunderland University.
The studio set – which was left behind in London’s Television Centre when Blue Peter relocated to Media City in Salford – will now be used by media production students in the city.
It was assembled after being transported up from the capital.
Wearside schools and colleges will also be invited to use the facilities for taster sessions now it has been installed at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s.
The university acquired the set from the BBC for £2,400 last month after it was included in an online auction of Television Centre memorabilia.
Jason Legget, head of media production at the university said: “The opportunity to purchase the set came out of the blue and it was something we couldn’t say no to as it is such a fantastic opportunity.
“We already had a high quality TV studio of industry standard and we regularly have media professionals who are envious of the facilities available to the university students.
“This great addition adds real polish and enhances the excitement of studying here and it’s a great addition.”
The studio will be used for a whole range of different activities, including workshops and presentations as well as offering the chance for students to follow in the footsteps of Konnie Huq, Helen Skelton and Matt Baker.
Graeme Thompson, dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, said: “I’m delighted we’re able to house such a distinctive and flexible set.
“It will create a unique and attractive production space for our students. We already get a lot of visitors to our media centre because of our investment in media and our strong links with producers and broadcasters. I predict this arrival of the Blue Peter set will attract even more visits.”
Rob Parsons, 21, a third year student, said: “It will really benefit me in the short term while I’m a student here as well as the long term for when I graduate.
“The experiences of working in a Blue Peter set can only stand me in good stead when I go to work placements and apply for jobs after the experiences of working on a professional set.”