Report by Reece Harris 10JAT
28th Apr 2016
On Thursday 14th April, we, the school news team, took a trip to media city, where part of the BBC is. MediacityUK is a place which is rented out to different media companies in the UK. The company who run MediacityUK don’t actually do tours, but the BBC does.
The Thursday we went wasn’t very nice (see picture), but as most of the tour was done inside, we weren’t too bothered. We arrived at around 10, on the mini-bus, and we walked up to the main building, and entered. We then walked up to the desk and registered, then we waited for the tour to begin.
The tour was very interesting, and first picked up speed when we visited one of the state of the art radio rooms in Media City. The tour guides were very interesting and told us lots of facts, and then we entered the radio drama room. This was a very fun part of the tour as we got to participate in some radio drama. I was a deranged butler who wanted to kill his guests, and other Trinitas Magazine authors took part like Lucy and Seb. This gave us a real sense of what it was like to take part in radio and was very interesting.
After this we went over to the breakfast news room, with the fancy red sofa. Although we weren’t allowed to touch the sofa, we got to present the weather and take photos. The room is actually smaller than you think, as they use special wide angled lenses, and presenters take small steps to try to make the room look elongated. They also use special robot cameras to try to minimise mistakes from the cameramen, however, the robots are controlled by people in the gallery, which is the room where they edit the clips live.
The, in my opinion, short tour ended with a room in which we could sit on a fake sofa and get our pictures taken and a green screen where we could do the weather on. This was fun, and then the tour ended within 20 minutes after we entered the room.
The tour was very interesting but just because of the shortness of the tour, I rate it 4 ½ stars out of 5.
By Reece Harris 10JAT