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May 31st, 2012

The UK’s future broadcasting talent has come together to celebrate the best in student television at the site where some of the nation’s favourite programmes were created.

Studio 7 at the University’s King’s Meadow Campus was once host to such TV classics as Bullseye, Supermarket Sweep and The Price is Right, so it seemed only fitting that it should host the 39th National Student Television Awards.

The Students’ Union’s TV station, NUTS, has enjoyed success at previous awards ceremonies, taking the presenting, marketing, and drama gongs last year. This year the team was celebrating in style as hosts of the National Student Television Association Awards and accompanying conference.

More than 400 students, from 32 university TV stations across the UK attended the three-day conference, which featured workshops by leading industry figures, covering subjects The Future of Student TV, Kick-Starting Your Career and Cutting-Edge Technology.

Speakers included the creator of BBC iPlayer, Anthony Rose; Nick Shearman, the BBC Commissioning Editor for Documentary and Factual and Paul Ryan, Head of Event Operations at ESPN TV.

NaSTA, which aims to create a community of student television stations while offering support and advice to its members, also held its AGM, the NaSTIES and the Golden Bodge Screening, but it was the awards that stole the show.

A total of 22 categories were held, with all eyes on the prestigious Special Recognition; Best On-Screen Male; Best On-Screen Female; and Best Broadcaster prizes.

NUTS excelled, winning four awards:

• Best Live – The Hall: Highlights

• Best Light Entertainment – Inter Campus Cupids

• Best Sport – Varsity Ice Hockey

• Best Technical

Chris Leyland, NaSTA Conference and Awards Coordinator, said: “As with all Nottingham events we have been driven to make this the best NaSTA Conference and Awards weekend ever.

“We hope that all of the guests and VIPs have had an enjoyable weekend, while having the chance to network and receive recognition for the incredible content they have been creating all year.”

The 2012 NaSTA conference and awards were supported by Cascade. The fund provided £1,000 to help organisers add a People’s Choice category to the awards ceremony. The award, which recognises the hard work, skill and creativity that goes into developing a successful piece of student television, was won by Leicester University’s TV station for its film Come Read With Me.

The NaSTA conference and awards ceremony was held in support of Marrow Nottingham: www.wix.com/nottinghammarrow/2011.

To see a video of the awards ceremony, visit: http://nasta.nutsonline.org.

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