The UK’s newest local television station, Big Centre TV, which is due to launch at the end of February, has agreed to broadcast from Walsall Studio School.
The school was created by Walsall based Charity, Vine Trust Group, who prayerfully established it, believing it as an outworking of its Christian Faith within its community. The Vine’s CEO Kevin Davis is the school’s chairman and the station has also been ‘blessed’ by Jim Trood, the new Rector of St Matthews, Walsall.
The partnership will see the station having use of the School’s media studio, a presentation suite, as well as a 400-seat auditorium. The station will also have access to three broadcast cameras and a TriCaster production facility, which uses green screen to insert ‘virtual studio’ backgrounds, for news and current affairs programmes.
Chris Perry, CEO at Big Centre TV, said: “We are extremely fortunate to partner with Walsall Studio School, which has some of the best people, production and broadcast facilities. As a professional media company we have big ambitions and these can only be met through having access to outstanding facilities and talent, which is exactly what Walsall Studio School will provide.”
Peter Stack, Creative Director and Head of Sixth Form at Walsall Studio School, which is based in the town’s Goldmine Centre, said: “Our philosophy is to bring the place of work to the School. This partnership will allow us to create an education and training programme, that will eventually give students an incredible opportunity to participate in a wide range of roles with Big Centre TV: from presenting to production.”
Dan Parkes, the school’s Principal added: “This is a huge opportunity for our students to be engaged with such an exciting project. It’ll be a wonderful experience and will provide invaluable practical experience for their future careers in business and the creative industries.”
Kevin Davis, CEO of the Vine Trust Group, who run the Goldmine Centre, added “Bringing this exciting venture to the school, is also great news for Walsall, a real coup for the St Matthew’s Quarter. I am encouraged that the inward investment and job creation, will add to its credentials as a creative work, live, play and learn centre. ”.
Big Centre TV will cover Birmingham, the Black Country and Solihull, providing audiences with an eclectic mix of: local and national news, current affairs, magazine shows, comedy, music and light entertainment, children’s content, shopping and other commercially-led programmes. The station will be on-air for seven days a week on Freeview TV Channel 8. Programmes can also be viewed on YouTube and social media, giving the station a potential global audience.