Behind-the-scenes insight into world of TV

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A BEHIND-the-scenes insight into the world of TV was given at a recent meeting of LEENSIDE (HUCKNALL) WOMEN’S INSTITUTE (WI).

Guest speaker was Lynne Spencer, of BBC East Midlands television, who gave her title as ‘broadcast facilities assistant’.

She gave an interesting, informative and sometimes funny account of her work on the BBC’s ‘East Midlands Today’ news programme.

She explained that all the reporters were trained video-journalists and could be sent anywhere in the area, from Stoke-on-Trent to Leicester.

The members were surprised to hear that every small item of music broadcast on the show, even in the background, incurred ‘performance rights fees’. Lynne was thanked by Sylvia Kitchen.

The President, Alison Inglis, reported on the recent ‘Heart of Hucknall’ event to promote volunteering in the town. Leenside manned a stand at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street.

Secretary Sandra Green gave details of various county events. It was reported that a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in July is almost at capacity.

Judy Gow reported that the WI bee garden in Tichfield Park is progressing well. It is hoped to enlist children from Beardall Street Primary School, Hucknall, for a planting event.

The meeting closed with a ‘sweets and chocolate’ quiz won by Cath Richardson and the monthly competition was won by Cecilia Poxon. Tea hostesses were Wendy Garner, Maureen Newton, Vera Preston and Jean Wilmot.