Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Year 9s make waves on the radio

Year 9s make waves on the radio

A group of Year 9 drama students were lucky enough to visit the BBC Newcastle studios and get a behind-the-scenes tour which provided a fascinating insight into the inner workings of this local broadcaster.

The students were given a brief introduction into the history of BBC Newcastle, visited the archive room (which was full to the rafters with old tape reels), saw the green screen room and learnt about the technology behind delivering weather broadcasts, before finally discovering the supposed magic of Harry Potter's invisibility cloak. 

Next up for the students was the opportunity to step foot into the famous Look North newsroom, which is also used for smaller news broadcasts as well as the Sunday Politics North East show. It was here they had the unexpected pleasure of meeting Look North's weather presenter, Paul Mooney, who shed light on his daily routine as a meteorologist and weather presenter.

The final step saw the students making their own news programme and play for the airwaves. The play gave the students to use the smorgasbord of different sounds and see how everyday sounds can be recreated using a variety of different materials.

A huge thank you to all of the staff at BBC Newcastle who were so welcoming during our students visit. For more information, visit www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/tours/newcastle.