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Stars of radio share know-how with students

Sam Darlaston interview

Fri 1st February, 2019

Former University of Bedfordshire students who have gone on to forge exciting careers in radio returned to their old stomping ground to share their experiences with current students.

Kiss FM presenter Sam Darlaston and Tashan Campbell, a DJ for BBC Radio 1Xtra, returned to their old university where they were placed in the hot seat by Media Performance students.

The pair were interviewed by second year Media Performance students, while first year Media Production students filmed and streamed the interviews, allowing the students to get hands-on experience of working on a live show, both in front and behind the camera.

Sam, who graduated in 2014, said: “I always love coming back to the University because it’s where I started doing what I really enjoyed and where I realised I wanted to be a presenter. It’s nice to work with the students because there are lots of talented people here with a lot of potential.”

Tashan said: “The students have been great, they have been really accommodating and I’m happy to see them doing well being in the shoes I was in last year and I feel really proud. It has been a lovely experience.”

Sam and Tashan were joined by Jessica Symons, who was Head of Children’s TV at Channel 5 and is now the managing director of her own production company, Ivy House Productions. Rhys and Harvey Kirby from the band Everyone You Know also took part.

Jessica said: “I thought the students displayed excellent interview skills. As the interviewee I was made to feel comfortable and relaxed. I felt the students came across as warm and engaging on screen and also to the studio audience. The students asked relevant questions, allowed me to answer in full, listened to my responses and asked intelligent follow-up questions.”

Senior Lecturer in Media Performance Rachel Clark said: “It is always a delight to see the students step up to the plate and handle the live streamed interviews. They prepare weeks beforehand by finding a guest, researching their background and then scripting their questions for the interview. It is a valuable experience and provides the students with material for their show reels. The pressure to deliver is immense as they know it will be live streamed where there is no time to correct any mistakes. I am thoroughly proud of their achievements and enjoy the experience each year.”

Bedfordshire University

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