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Broadcasting for charity

Wednesday, 12 October 2011


ECU’s broadcast students are set to gain valuable live television experience when they help host the Telethon fundraising event this weekend.

Twenty students have been given the task of keeping the audience entertained – and donations coming in – during the midnight to 6.30am shift, filmed live from the Sunday Times phone room.

ECU Broadcasting lecturer Jo McManus said it was a testament to the reputation of the ECU broadcasting course that Telethon invited the students to be involved in the event.

“Personality-based, live television experience is extremely rare in this country, so it is very exciting that our students are getting this opportunity. This will be a huge boost for the CVs of the broadcast students,” Ms McManus said.

“One of the University’s priorities is to engage with its communities and this is a great example of that. The students will be playing an important role in an event that raises money for children’s’ medical research and social welfare projects.”

Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting student Hannah Buck is one of the producers for the night shift. She said appearing on Telethon has been a dream for many of the students.

“A lot of us grew up watching Telethon on TV and the chance to now be a part of it, while still a student, is fantastic,” Hannah said.

“It’ll be the first time any of us have done live TV. It will be a bit of a challenge because there is no room for error, but I think the Broadcasting course has helped us prepare for it.”

Hannah said working on Telethon was a great chance to make contacts in television.

“The chance to work alongside many people in the industry is also valuable because they can see what we’re capable of. For the people who want to get into commentary, presenting or reporting, they will get to hone in on their presentation skills in a live, TV environment, which is invaluable experience."

Two students in the group, Jerrie Demasi and David Lennon, will perform live at the Perth Entertainment and Exhibition Centre.

Telethon Weekend 2011 will begin at 6.30pm on Saturday, October 15 and runs until Sunday, October 16.


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