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Media student is named Superstar VJ

Category: Radio 1;

Date: 05.12.2005
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A media studies student from Leeds has been named Radio 1 Superstar VJ by a panel of industry experts.


Jack Spencer, 20, who studies Multi Media Studies at Leeds College of Art and Design, entered the competition to make a Video Jockey (VJ) mix from BBC archive material available on the Radio 1 website.


VJing is the art of mixing and scratching visuals to music, which usually happens in clubs but it is fast becoming an art form in itself.


The judging panel - which included dance artists Coldcut, 1Xtra DJ L Double and A/V specialists Addictive TV - praised Jack's three-minute mix of Creative Archive clips to a OneMusic backing track, highlighting "very accomplished cutting and fantastic use of archive footage", "great talent" and calling it "the best [entry] by far".


Jack hadn't heard of VJing until his course tutor suggested the whole class tackled the competition as an introduction to editing.


"Most of us were novices," Jack explains. "But maybe editing is something I could go into - or maybe I'll take up VJing as a profession!"


He beat 400 entrants to claim the title and plans to buy himself a computer and pick editing software as part of his prize.


During the competition, 15,000 users registered to download from the Superstar VJ site - at - and successfully downloaded 75,000 files.


Jack was impressed by the "eclectic range of clips" available under the terms of the Creative Archive Licence.


"Because we worked on this project as a class, I saw a lot of clips through other students' edits, and we had a critique one afternoon and got to see each others' work."


Paul Gerhardt, Project Director of the Creative Archive Licence Group, said: "Our objective is to find out if there is an appetite for this kind of BBC content and if users understand the legal framework we've introduced.


"We're really delighted that our first phase has proved very positive in both these areas. We are now looking forward to engaging with other BBC audiences with new initiatives coming soon."


Daniel Heaf, Radio 1's Interactive Editor, said: "Radio 1 knows its audience is talented and creative. Through our digital literacy initiatives, we aim to further harness the growing creative power of our audience to build public participation and creativity in around radio and music."


Although the competition is over, nearly 100 programme extracts from the BBC archives continue to be available for the UK public to watch, download and edit for non-commercial purposes from the Radio 1 and 1Xtra sites.


People interested in being creative with BBC material are free to download and mix that footage and use it as the fuel for their own creative endeavours at and bbc.


The footage available is taken from a whole host of BBC programmes and includes a wealth of material covering natural history, wildlife, science, locations, art and more.


To aid the creativity of the audience, there are also gems including shots of cityscapes, sunsets, seascapes and many other stunning visuals.


To ensure that the material is available to as wide an audience as possible, it will be made available in QuickTime, Windows Media and MPEG1 formats.


The BBC will be releasing further content across other areas of over the next 18 months.


Notes to Editors


1. The Creative Archive Licence is managed by the BBC, the bfi, Channel 4, the Open University, Teachers TV and The Community Channel and other members of the Creative Archive Licence Group to make their content (moving images, audio and stills) available for download under the terms of a single, shared user licence scheme. A full version of the Creative Archive Licence is available here.


2. Anything that is created with this content must be shared - i.e. licensed under the (same) terms of the Creative Archive Licence, and must acknowledge the BBC as the original creators of the material. The footage may not be used for campaigning or to defame others.


3. The Creative Archive Licence Group was launched on 13 April 2005, by founding members the BBC, the bfi, Channel 4 and the Open University. Membership is available to major national collections, broadcasters, and commercial organisations who wish to share content with the public on the same terms.


4. The BBC is currently piloting the release of content under the terms of the Creative Archive Licence over an 18-month period, after which its Board of Governors will assess the service according to its public value.


5. The material is made freely available for those based within the UK for their own not-for-profit personal and/or not-for-profit educational use, and non-endorsement purposes. The rules in brief plus the full terms of the Creative Archive Licence are available on the Creative Archive Licence Group's site.







Category: Radio 1;

Date: 05.12.2005
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