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POSTED ON – 10.07.09

SSR Manchester - Fancy one down The Rovers?
Fancy one down The Rovers?
SSR's TV Production students took a field trip to Granada Studios last Saturday, except this was a tour with a twist. As well as taking the public tour, the students were treated to a 'behind the scenes' look at production on programmes such as Corrie, Jeremy Kyle, Granada News and Countdown.

Granada's Audio Operations Manager Mike Hayes hosted the visit and spoke at length about Granada's (3sixtymedia) technical operations, the digital switchover and Granada's plans for the future. The students learnt first hand from Mike how the digital revolution is changing the face of TV (IPTV) and how viewers now expect to access content on demand, any time, any place over the internet, as well as on TV and through a plethora of mobile devices.

The TVF students are currently studying at SSR on a programme funded by Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the television industry. Recent huge leaps in technology and cross platform delivery has placed pressure on TV personnel to learn cross boundary skills. Production teams have shrunken in size and freelancers are now expected to multi-task in all areas of the production, from the creation of initial ideas, research and planning (over multi platforms) to shooting, editing and the delivery of content across TV, Internet and mobiles.

Phew! With all that in mind, we really do think it’s time for that pint!
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