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Glyndŵr University TV studio hosts Assembly election hustings

5 May 2011

A hustings event ahead of today's Welsh Assembly elections has become the first TV programme to be recorded at a new £5m creative industries hub in Wrexham.

The TV studio at Glyndŵr University’s new Centre for the Creative Industries hosted the discussion between declared constituency candidates from the four main political parties on Tuesday, 3 May.

Students and members of the general public pitched questions to Bill Brereton of the Liberal Democrats, Labour representative Lesley Griffiths, Marc Jones of Plaid Cymru and Conservative candidate John Marek.

Education, public spending and Wrexham bidding for city status all came under discussion at the event, held jointly between Glyndŵr University and the University and College Union (UCU).

Stuart Cunningham, Academic Leader for Creative Industries, Media, Performance, and Humanities, said: “The discussion gives a taster of the sort of programming which we envisaged we’d be able to produce at the new centre.

“The TV studio is as much a facility for the community and the north east Wales region as it is for the university and filming programmes such as this allows us to connect with the general public in the Wrexham area.”

The Centre for the Creative Industries was opened on Thursday, 30 March.

After the debate students Nan Hu and Wei Luo caught up with some of the candidates to see what they thought of the facilities.

Lesley Griffiths said: “I very much enjoyed the recording. The creative industries are such an important sector and Glyndŵr is now ahead of the game."

According to Marc Jones, the centre would play a key role in training creative professionals of the future. He added: “I think it’s a fantastic facility. The most important thing is how you use it, in terms of students, how they develop beyond this.”

Bill Brereton said: “It (the studio and recording set-up) was very impressive, very professional. The equipment was spot on."

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