Television supremo Peter Salmon, who is leading the development of the world’s most advanced broadcasting centre, will visit Edge Hill University on 2nd December.
The Director of BBC North and the man behind the largest move of staff and departments out of London in the BBC’s history will officially open the University’s television studios, which have just benefited from a £208,000 upgrade.
During his visit Peter will hold a question and answer session with students and will discuss the BBC’s centre at Salford Quays, which will house over 2,000 staff and a number of BBC departments – including BBC Sport, BBC Children’s and Radio 5 Live for which Peter will head up.
Following that session, his next stop will be to officially open the University’s revamped television suites, which now benefit from full High Definition cameras and other cutting edge technology being used in the industry.
Peter will take part in a press call where students will be able to use their media skills to interview and film him during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Professor Roger Shannon from the University’s Department of Media, said: “After working as a volunteer teacher, press officer and newspaper reporter, Peter Salmon joined the BBC as a General Trainee in 1981 and has worked on Blue Peter, Newsnight, produced Crimewatch UK and was co-creator of Sport Relief. Although he left the BBC in the 1990s for other media stints, these days, Peter plays a lead role in the development of network production in the north of England. He works with many other partners as well as BBC journalists in the development of regional services for audiences in the north of England. With his vast expertise within the media industry and instrumental role he has played in the development of the BBC’s centre at Salford Quays, he will certainly be an insightful person for students to talk to.
“His visit also further seals our already excellent links with the BBC and I’m sure that students will benefit greatly from his wisdom, passion and enthusiasm. He is an inspirational practitioner and has made a big contribution to the media world so I’m delighted he has agreed to come to the University and open our television studios.”
Donald Moffatt, the University’s Media Technology Development Manager and who has provided technical support in the media sector for more than 20 years including Granada and Channel 4, added: “It’s a real coup for us to have Peter Salmon officially open the studios and see for himself how, through our investment, we are offering students the best working environment and providing the best student learning experience.
“By using the latest technology we can meet the most demanding applications, from studio to electronic news gathering and electronic film production. Our studio and post-production editing systems incorporate a totally tapeless workflow model, of which you would find in main stream television and media companies. Our studio lighting utilises the latest technologies with low power consumption lamps, and provides a comfortable working environment with a low carbon footprint, whilst maintaining the very best performance from a fully dimmable strand lighting console. All these improvements will greatly benefit our media students and enhance their learning experience.”