The Royal Television Society came along to Weobley High School in May, to inspire students to think about the wide range of careers in film or television, either in front of camera or behind the scenes. Students had to come up with an idea for a new TV programme and pitched the idea to our guest speaker, BBC newsreader journalist and ex Weobley High student, Mary Rhodes.
The competition winners went on to compete against other schools across the Midlands at Wolverhampton University, with a brilliant concept of a children’s programme, where Billy the Bear had educational adventures around the world when his owner left for school. The students were thrilled to find they had won the competition and the prize of a VIP trip to BBC Birmingham for the day.
To see Midlands Today being broadcast while sat in the gallery was a real eye opener. The last minute changes of script, the multitasking of the producers, doing it seemed 10 things at once, and the sheer professionalism of everyone while appearing incredibly calm was impressive.
The students had a tour of the BBC including trying out the News Desk and working the autocue, visiting the Technical departments and trying out the radio studio. Mary Rhodes gave us all the inside information about how the news studio works. They experimented with virtual reality, and were able to reproduce a show on the CBBC set of CopyCats!
Thank you Royal Television Society and the BBC. A truly fantastic scheme, and a fabulous inspiring day out for the students.