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July 2004
Introducing Media On The Park
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As any live broadcaster will tell you - things won't always go to plan.

Presenters of Park Community School's own programme found that life in front of the camera isn't always straight forward.

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Leigh Park was once the third largest public housing estate in Europe - before Margaret Thatcher's government gave tenants the right to buy their own homes.

It is home to about 27,000 people.

The estate was built by Portsmouth City Corporation in the forties, fifties and sixties.

The city bought the land in secret deals in the closing years of World War Two, after thousands of people were left homeless by bombing.

The estate was built on parkland surrounding a country mansion, from which it takes its name. The mansion was demolished after attempts to find a tenant failed.

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TV show hosts don't normally turn to their co-presenters and tell them to shut up.

Nerve-stricken Hannah Evans was interviewing the Broadcasting Minister, Lord McIntosh, when she made the gaffe. She meant to invite co-host Tom Long to chip in with a question, but instead of "Over to you, Tom," she said: "Shut up, Tom."

Her distinguished guest chatted on as if it hadn't happened - while 13-year-old Hannah buried her face in her hands, trying to stifle her embarrassed giggling.

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The pupils have been given training by BBC staff

It didn't matter, though, because the programme would only be seen by fellow pupils at Park Community School in Leigh Park, Havant.

Lord McIntosh had dropped in as part of a review of the BBC and its Royal Charter, due to be renewed in 2006.

The BBC has helped the school set up its own TV, radio and internet suite, paid for largely with European Union funding.

And two BBC South producers, Zoe Millett and Simon Pipe, have been seconded to work in the school, helping staff, pupils and members of the community make the most of their extraordinary facility.

He's not the only VIP to have gone before the student camera crews.

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The media suite was opened by Christopher Parker, who plays Spencer Moon in TV's EastEnders and Julian Clegg hosted his BBC Radio Solent breakfast show live from the studio.

Local MP David Willetts visited the suite and even found himself being taught by pupils to use a camera in the TV studio.

He told pupils: "I think it's absolutely brilliant. I have never seen equipment like this in a school before."

And CBBC presenters Dick and Dom presided over a madcap session when they were invited to join a studio audience of pupils, before trying their hand as directors.

Community members and pupils have also visited the BBC South studios to see television and radio programmes going out.

One group got a special tour of the CBBC studios at Television Centre in London, to help them design a set for the school's studio.

 

Click here to find out why the BBC teamed up with Park Community School

 

 
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