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West Suffolk College launch new digital TV channel for the arts

A new TV channel for the region launched last weekend.

Digital Saint (DStv) was launched by staff and students at West Suffolk College on Saturday with a ‘Jools Holland style’ chat show.

It was hosted by ITV and Channel 5 TV presenter, Craig Stevens.

The new digital channel and website is designed to provide a new platform for the arts community across the region.

It is the brainchild of head of TV, radio production and digital media, Mark Jones, and head of music and media Joe Stocking.

Over the coming months, it will be worked on by more than 40 students as part of an ongoing project.

Three Years Younger provided the music at the launch. Picture by Chris Morris
Three Years Younger provided the music at the launch. Picture by Chris Morris

Mark Jones, said: “I wanted to create something for students to work on with a broader reach than just the college.

“It will be worked on students from broadcast to media, film, journalism, music tech and performance theatre student, and may also incorporate art and design, construction, marketing and business students.

It has been a tough time for the arts this past year and we will be showcasing not only the students’ own work but also others from the region, including documentaries, podcasts, music videos, films and music videos.

“We also have plans for a Digital Saint radio station down the line. It’s very exciting."

On Saturday, the chat show featured nine invited guests from the arts community from across East Anglia and Cambridge.

They chatted about how lockdown had affected them, and their plans for the future.

Music was provided by Suffolk-based indie-pop duo, Three Years Younger.

Around 15 students helped produced the show from camera work to sound and recording.

Skye Davey, a Level 3 student in broadcasting, who worked on cameras, said: “It went really well.

In our eyes, it went swimmingly.

Sofie Bradshaw, also a Level 3 student, said: “I hope we can take the station as we can.

“It will also be great to showcase our own work as well as that of others.”

Host Craig Stevens said: "The level of talent here is simply amazing".

Find out more at www.digitalsaint.wsc.ac.uk

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