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Stephanie Merrix at the RTS awards...

Stephanie Merrix, Sasha Tuck and Andrew Jeffrey
Stephanie, Sasha and Andrew

Well it had finally arrived and I was excited and nervous at the same time, it didn't help that I got off at the wrong bus stop on my way there!

But I made it and was introduced to Andrew Jeffrey of the BBC who was my mentor for the day and extremely helpful and good to work with.

I was also an assistant producer; a role I feel was useful in demonstrating my organizational skills and improving my communication skills

Doing the blogs was something new for me as I had never done anything like it before but I enjoyed it.

It was a great opportunity, allowing me to explore the Sage and meet the prominent people involved with the Royal Television Awards such as Nicholas Owen, the host and presenter for the evening and Graeme Thompson, the chair for the Royal Television Society.

The 22nd Annual Royal Television Awards...

Both interesting people that generously took time out of their busy schedules to answer the questions posed by Sasha and myself.

With doing the blogs, it meant Sasha and I got a sneak peek at the rehearsals for the awards, a definite highlight of the day!

The day passed quickly with lots of photos from the dinner arrangements to the surrounding area and before we knew it, the Awards were upon us.

The tables were set for dinner, the lights were on and the guests started arriving, soon filling the Sage to the brim and creating an atmosphere of glamour and prestige with their black ties and gorgeous gowns

The Awards themselves were certainly memorable, displaying a whole host of talent from the North East.

My favourite was 'The Haunted House ' by the University of Cumbria - an animated piece which was a great mix of horror and humour.

But this celebration of talent would not have been complete without The New Rope String Band, a talented group of musicians who provided fantastic musical accompaniment but also plenty of comedy and laughs for the audience with their musical ping pong, an aspect of the evening I particularly enjoyed.

The Digital Voice - Passionate About Media team at the RTS awards 2009 - getting ready for the show...

For me, I feel this was a real learning experience, improving upon the skills I had and introducing me to a few new ones.

This is something I enjoyed and I feel I will remember for a long time to come.

And I would like to congratulate the rest of the team on doing such a good job and thank Olwyn Hocking and Julie Nicholson for their help and encouragement throughout the day and for allowing me to be a part of such an interesting and engaging event





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