BBC's Programme Maker for a Day

A group of very fortunate BDA students embarked on a trip to the BBC as part of its Programme Maker for a Day initiative last week. Students enjoyed a fascinating day at BBC New Broadcasting House studios in central London.

Students first watched a production meeting with the Focus on Africa World TV team to get an idea of how live news is put together. They were then taught basic TV techniques by course producer Mark Egan and enjoyed scripting and recording their own pieces.

Presenter Peter Okwoche and Fuse ODG both took part in the interviews, which, along with other material, will be edited to make a DVD of BDA's version of Focus on Africa. The day ended with a live viewing of the evening’s Focus on Africa programme from both the studio floor and the control gallery. All students were amazed at how presenter Sophie Ikenye was able to concentrate and read the script with so much talk and noise feeding through her ear piece.

The students joined the post-transmission debrief in the BBC Newsroom (the largest in Europe) to learn more about the challenges that the production team had to contend with throughout the day, including changes made to the lead story just 10 minutes before broadcast.

Sophie Ikenye and Peter Okwoche posed for pictures, while the highlight for one student was receiving winning smiles from Rough Copy, who were in the building doing an interview for Radio 1.

Well done to all students who attended on such exemplary behaviour. I’m sure you will agree that it was a fantastic experience!