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EDUCATION TVFutures: Student pitch Student Pitch - Our second article pitch comes from Emma Cox, third year student studying BSc Television and Broadcasting at the University of Portsmouth. Personally I think this month’s KitPlus theme of acquisition is a tricky one for students to write about, but Emma’s approach displayed real insight, and it also dared to be different. Unsung TV Jobs by Emma Cox W hen I first began searching for a university course offering TV, I came across a story that featured a student called Hayley Rutter who had managed a TV channel whilst studying on her course. Hayley stated that this opportunity to schedule and manage a TV channel (CCI TV, a student run TV channel that operates within the curriculum) had really opened her eyes about the wider scope of broadcasting, and it really resonated with me. I chose to follow in her footsteps; I joined the same course, and now entering my third year I have taken on the role of CCI TV Channel Manager, but I have a lot more experience under my belt. Network Planning is a hugely important element of television, but it is also an area of the industry that can arguably remain a bit of a mystery to those wanting to work in TV. Without Network Planning, the whole television watching process would be a disordered and frustrating viewing experience. Thanks to Angus Gairdner (Head of Presentation & EPG Services) I was able to spend two weeks at BSkyB this summer discovering just why it is so crucial. It’s very easy to forget that everything we see on TV (and I mean everything!) is carefully planned and structured in a way to give us the best possible viewing experience. Whether it be a promotional advert, a programme sponsorship, an on-screen navigation menu to highlight what’s ‘coming up next’, or even a bug of the channel logo in the top corner of our screens - the Presentation team are behind it. However, they also manage break patterns, the timing of schedules 48 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 106 OCTOBER 2015