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News: Mayoral hustings collaboration with the BBC

East Midlands Combined Authority Mayoral Candidates
East Midlands Combined Authority Mayoral Candidates

This week (17th January), a collaboration with BBC East Midlands Today and the BBC Sunday Politics Show saw our Fletchers Theatre in our City Hub campus turn into a political Question Time auditorium.

Three East Midlands mayoral candidates: Claire Ward (Labour), Ben Bradley (Conservative) and Matt Relf (Independent), took part in a hustings event involving over 100 students and 50 staff and stakeholders.

The event was recorded and will be broadcast on Sunday’s (21st January) East Midlands Politics Show, kickstarting the BBC’s coverage of the East Midlands Mayoral elections which take place on 2nd May this year.

The debate was moderated by Geeta Pendse, BBC presenter, and involved questions from students and staff at the college.

Level 3 Animal Management student, Vanessa Yeung, was in the audience and put the following question to the candidates — what happens when a council becomes financially challenged like Nottingham City Council?’. When asked what she enjoyed about the event, Venessa said: 

Vanessa Yeung

Having a clear idea about what the future mayor will do for the area gives me reassurance. All three candidates talked about important topics like AI, green energy, housing, transport and local business, all of which will really affect my generation and our futures. 

 — Vanessa Yeung

The BBC crew was supported by students from our TV and Film and Journalism courses and new opportunities for a closer working relationship with the BBC have emerged, resulting in a weekly rota for journalism students to visit the BBC studios and participate in programme recordings.

Alex Slack is studying BA (Hons) Film and Digital Broadcast Production and was part of the supporting crew. She said

Alex Slack

It was great meeting professionals from the BBC, especially getting to work with Ed the producer and to work on a real-life broadcast. I aspire to be a TV or Film producer in the future so this was a brilliant experience. 

 — Alex Slack
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  • 19th January 2024 (4:00 PM)
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