The online television channel, UniTV has achieved recognition in three of the 21 categories at the National Student Television Association (NaSTA) Awards 2011.

Competing against 17 nominees, UniTV, one of many University of Sussex Students’ Union societies, scooped the first place prize for the new category, Best Freshers’ Coverage.

Their award-winning video, just under 15 minutes long, featured nine presenters covering events such as The Sunday Welcome Party and Brightonian Nights in Freshers’ week 2010.

The opening sequence of the video, created by Alex Anpilogov and Maksim Ivanov, also achieved first place in the category Best Title Sequence.
The third award: the runner-up prize in the Open Category, was received for the pilot episode of the channel’s regular feature: ‘Society Spotlight’, which showcases a different Sussex Society in every episode. The episode which received high recommendation gave an insight into the Human vs Zombies society with interviews from its members and action footage of the tag-based game.

UniTV describe their style as similar to that of MTV and were established in September 2010.

The two day conference and awards ceremony, held at Loughborough University on the 8-10 April,  was attended by over 300 people from 33 student television stations and judged by representatives from national media networks  such as the BBC, Channel 4, Sky and ESPN.

Sol Schonfield, the Communications Officer for the University of Sussex Students’ Union, summed up the union’s reaction to the awards: “We’re all incredibly happy that the amazing group at UniTV have had their work recognised. In one year they’ve changed the face of student media at Sussex and these awards have gone further to confirming their talent. This goes to show the importance of collaborative work at university and how students can achieve great things both in and outside the classroom.”

Other award winners included Leeds University Television (LSTV) who took seven awards including Best Broadcaster for the third year running and the live broadcasters of the two day event: Loughborough Students’ Union Television Station (LSUTV) who won six awards including Best Live Programme.

To watch UniTV’s award-winning videos, visit: www.unitvlive.com.

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