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Student TV station scoops award
Documentary makers Alexander O'Toole and Ezra Birne of NTV celebrate their award
Alexander O'Toole and Ezra Birne celebrate their award

A TV station run by students in Newport has won its first award just months after the project was launched.

Newport Television (NTV) is an online channel made for and by University of Wales students in the city.

It won the Highly Commended category for the documentary film Becoming Neil at the annual NaSTA (National Student Television Association) Awards.

Launched in September 2008, NTV also offers entertainment, sport and student union news.

Newport Students' Union entertainments and media officer Jonny Roberts praised the work of first year Documentary Film students Alexander O'Toole and Ezra Birne.

"We were really proud to see the high quality of NTV's work being recognised and we are determined to come back and win even more awards next year," said Roberts.

"It's still early days for NTV and our first year being affiliated to NaSTA , so it was a massive achievement."

A blind date with a twist on NTV

Jennifer Moran, NTV station manager, added: "NTV was established by the students' union to champion student work and foster film-making talent among Newport's student body.

"It's a showcase for anyone who fancies grabbing a camera and making a gripping drama, insightful documentary, silly comedy show or filming the sports teams."

Items already available to watch on the website include a look around a couple of student houses and a blind date with a humourous twist.

Roberts, who launched the project with Moran, says they've worked hard with limited resources.

"We've had a tough time starting and don't have much equipment at the moment but we're hoping to get some funding for some editing facilities and cameras soon," he said.




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