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Broadcast training opportunities for the Olympics

Dean of the Media School Stephen Jukes gives Jim Owens and César Riãno a tour of the school's facilities

Students offered chance to to train and work at London 2012.

Students in Bournemouth University’s Media School are being offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of the 2012 Olympic Games broadcasting operation.

BU is currently one of only seven universities across Britain to be selected for the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) broadcast training programme, which offers students the chance to be trained to work alongside international broadcast professionals during London 2012.

As well as enhancing their skills and future career prospects, the training programme will give students practical experience of how the largest broadcasting operation in the world will be put together and explain how they can be a part of it. After the training, approximately 1,000 successful students will then be offered paid roles – such as camera assistants, audio assistants, liaison officers, video loggers and more – during the Games in 2012.

Stephen Jukes, Dean of the Media School, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for BU students to be part of the Olympics. The Media School is very proud of its reputation in the broadcasting industry for producing the next generation of media professionals and I am confident that our students will be a mainstay of the Olympic broadcast team.”

Jim Owens, Senior Broadcast Consultant to OBS and Manager of the Broadcast Training Programme, visited BU this week along with César Riaño, Training and Selection Manager for the OBS to meet students and officially launch the programme.

Jim, who has worked on the broadcasting of nine Olympics events, said: “I think BU has a great Media School that allows students to acquire a lot of broadcasting and practical television experience, as well as the depth of theory behind it. We’re excited about the possibility of working with the students and I think they should be very well prepared.”

Trevor Hearing, Subject Leader for Film and Television Production in the Media School, added: “The approach from Olympic Broadcasting Services is further confirmation of BU’s reputation within the broadcasting sector. Taking part in the television and radio coverage of 2012 will be great chance for students to make valuable industry connections and add to their CVs. The Media School is pleased to be able to help students maximise their chances of employment in this highly competitive field.”

Places on the training programme will be offered by OBS on a first-come first-served basis after all the entry requirements are met, and students wishing to apply for a place should visit: for more details.

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