Blue Peter boss visits Staffordshire University

"A key part of my role is to encourage future generations into the industry. With my work for the BBC, I'm always pleased to welcome new people into the industry and give them that inspiration."

Ewan Vinnicombe, Blue Peter Series Editor

The man behind Blue Peter has been sharing his industry experience with students at Staffordshire University.

Ewan Vinnicombe is the current Series Editor of the popular children's programme and visited Staffordshire University this week to talk to students on the BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio Studies degree.

“A key part of my role is to encourage future generations into the industry. With my work for the BBC, I'm always pleased to welcome new people into the industry and give them that inspiration. Someone did it for us back in the day so I need to do it for the future.” he explained.

A lifelong fan of Blue Peter, Ewan shared stories of his journey into the television industry and how this led to his current role. He also spoke about what it is like to be running a BBC flagship programme, as well as talking about the qualities that he looks for when hiring people to work at CBBC at Media City.

Ewan said: “I hope the students will realise that if you want something enough then it is achievable. A career in media is the most exciting thing that you can do and it's such an interesting world to work in.”

Blue Peter is the longest running children’s show and recently celebrated its 60th anniversary and last month a special exhibition of memorabilia was displayed at Staffordshire University.

Student Grace Dersley said: “Editors are the big boss of the programme but they are not often the faces that you get to see. So it has been great to meet the brains behind the programme. We all watched the big 60th anniversary programme so finding out how it came to be was really interesting.”

Course mate Cory Rayner added: “I loved hearing Ewan's story of how he got into the industry and about all the jobs he has had, he has a lot of experience.

“It helps you understand what route you have to take and find out who you need to know to get into TV.”

The Film, Television and Radio course provides practical knowledge of television production and students get the chance to put their skills into practice working on live productions in the state-of-the-art TV studio on campus.

Course Leader Stephen Griffiths, who arranged Ewan’s visit, said: “Children's television is a very specialised area which is why I was keen to bring in the current editor. Blue Peter is the most successful children's show of all time and there’s a lot we can learn from it.

“A number of our students do go on to work in children's television. If you can communicate with children then you can communicate with anyone.”

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