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National Schools Radio Network takes “next step” with official website launch

test 11 March 2008

UK: The National Schools Radio Network – an initiative launched by The Vision Charity late last year with the aim of introducing young people to radio as a means of developing media awareness, technological skills and self-confidence (read more here ) – is to launch an official website that will encourage schools in the 11-18 years category to enter a programme or audio file for the chance to win prizes that include _1,000 for the specific purchase of audio/radio facilities that will enhance an existing set-up, writes David Davies.

The winning entry will also receive The Arqiva Award for Best Schools Radio Programme 2008; two places at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards Ceremony (to be held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, on July 7th); and an arranged visit to a local radio station to gain first-hand experience of how a modern digital radio station operates.

Entry is free, although limited to one per school. Programmes or audio files can be on any subject, and must have been produced between May 2007 and April 2008. Interested schools should visit the Schools Radio website (link below) for detailed instructions and downloadable forms. The deadline is April 18th 2008.

Speaking to PSN-e in December, Vision Charity president Peter Thompson expressed hopes that companies from across pro-audio would come forward to help the initiative alongside declared supporters Sony and Arqiva. Three months later, Thompson confirms that no such support has been forthcoming: “No, no support or interest from any pro-audio companies, even those selling kit!”

Anyone wishing to lend their support or find out more can email Peter Thompson directly at

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