TV reporter helps youngsters get in tune with school radio station

ITN's Nina Nannar is interviewed on stage at the launch of Radio Northgate at Northgate High School in Dereham, with Nina are pupils Lucy Spinks and Jack Mattles. Picture: Matthew Usher. ITN's Nina Nannar is interviewed on stage at the launch of Radio Northgate at Northgate High School in Dereham, with Nina are pupils Lucy Spinks and Jack Mattles. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
6:30 AM

Television journalist Nina Nannar gave students an insight into her exciting career when she launched a school radio station in Dereham.

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The ITV news reporter told pupils of Northgate High School about interviews with Tom Cruise, George Clooney and, recently, with Prince William at the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, shortly after Nelson Mandela’s death.

Radio Northgate was launched on Monday and features content provided by students including music, comedy and debate shows.

It is played throughout the school and students can tune into pre-recorded shows on school computers.

Mrs Nannar said: “I think this is a brilliant idea. Radio is very close to my heart as it is where I began my career and the pupils here are very lucky to have this opportunity.

“It is now up to them to make it work and I’m sure they will do a brilliant job.

“For any of them wanting a career in journalism, to be involved with the school radio station will open so many doors.”

There are plans for the new year to broadcast live shows and podcasts will be placed on the school website.

The school will also link with Dereham Sixth Form College to broadcast radio plays.

Northgate High School head teacher Glyn Hambling said: “More and more children are becoming exposed to different types of media now at an early age and this radio station is a good opportunity for us to engage with them in a different way.

“It will give the students a great experience of what is involved in running a professional radio show and will help their communication skills and self confidence.”

He added: “It has been wonderful to have such a special guest to come into the school to launch the station.”

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