BBC Scotland’s ‘Commonwealth Voices’ pop-up radio station is quietly taking shape in the heart of Glasgow’s East End…
At Glasgow Kelvin College’s East End Campus, BBC production and research staff are busy making preparations for the launch on Wednesday 16th July, when the pop-up radio station will burst into the broadcasting spotlight at Parkhead Forge with a dynamic and fun experience for everyone.
Leading up to the 20th Commonwealth Games there will be music, chat and bright, entertaining features all week, from 10am to 4pm, with ‘Commonwealth Voices’ bringing you the stories from broadcasters throughout the Commonwealth and tales from around Glasgow, broadcasting live from the heart of the community.
Presenters will include the inimitable Cat Cubie, Colin Kelly, Ian Hamilton, Stephen Duffy and Julia Sutherland – a great line-up for a spectacular occasion!!
Commonwealth Voices is part of the BBC’s year-long contribution to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The BBC is the domestic broadcaster for Glasgow 2014 and in addition to comprehensive sports coverage during the Games in July and August, the Corporation has also unveiled a wide-ranging package of on-air and off-air output and events throughout 2014.
Lesley Kay, Senior Producer for the programme, said;
“Just a week away from the launch and things are really starting to happen – we have so much content and can’t wait to get on air!
“We’ve now spent time with the Glasgow Kelvin College trainees and are delighted that they will be helping us out – we’re looking forward to putting their skills into practise.
“It’s fantastic for our whole team to be here in this dynamic part of the city and working on something so completely fresh and different – we’re relishing the challenge!”
Some of the BBC Commonwealth Voices backroom staff are pictured here at the College, pouring over their research and production format in the build-up to the launch. Karen MacKenzie (producer), Ben McCormack (researcher), Kirsty Drain (researcher), Rebecca Wright (producer) and Lesley Kay (Senior Producer).
Two members of the team (one pictured here) Ben McCormack and Lisa Graham both came through the BBC Apprenticeship programme at Glasgow Kelvin College in 2012. Now, two years down the track, they’re established in the broadcasting industry and working at the sharp end with the innovative production team for BBC Scotland’s Commonwealth Voices.
Glasgow Kelvin College is delighted to welcome them back, witness their development and support the entire Commonwealth Voices team as they prepare for what promises to be an exciting and spectacular programme!
For more information go to: bbc.co.uk/commonwealthvoices.