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Radio Skeet takes to the airwaves 9 May 2008

RADIO Skeet – a unique collaboration between the Island’s schools and the national broadcaster Manx Radio – is being launched for a third year.

All primary and secondary schools have been invited to participate in the project, which will take to the airwaves in the last week of term (21-25 July).

Announcing the launch of this year’s project, Education Minister Anne Craine MHK said:

‘What makes Radio Skeet so special is that the schools use their own ICT equipment and skills to create 5-minute podcasts, which are broadcast during prime-time programmes. The schools use their own microphones, software and computer equipment and submit their programmes electronically.'

As well as being broadcast locally by Manx Radio, they are available worldwide at www.manxradio.com and on the dedicated Radio Skeet website.

Schools have been asked to send in their contributions by 11th July. Each submission begins with a magazine-style news section. New this year is the link with Age Concern's Tell Me Project and special interviews recorded as part of this exciting initiative will be woven into the feature section.

This year, the podcasts will end with a 60-second vox pop looking to the future, with children speculating about what they will be doing when they are old or how things might change on the Island.

The Minister explained that Radio Skeet grew out of the original ‘School Skeet’, a newspaper published by Isle of Man Newspapers in the 1990s, which saw schools use their ICT skills to produce their own printed pages.

‘Today’s wholly electronic podcast is a natural evolution of that format,’ she said. ‘As far as we know, this is the only place in Britain where anything like this happens on such a scale and is a tribute to the teachers and students whose ongoing innovation in the field of ICT keeps us at the cutting edge of what is possible.’

Manx Radio’s Managing Director, Anthony Pugh, said:

‘The annual transmissions of Radio Skeet are now acknowledged as firm favourites with Manx Radio’s audience and add a further dimension to our programming. For the children, Radio Skeet provides a unique opportunity to become fully immersed in radio and their contributions are always thought-provoking, regularly eliciting praise from our listeners.’

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