De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU)’s student media group have cleaned up at yet another national awards ceremony, winning FOUR awards and being highly commended for Best Broadcaster.
DemonTV, part of the wider Demon Media group, bagged the four top prizes at the National Student Television Association (NaSTA) Awards, held at the University of Birmingham Guild of Students on Saturday night, including;
- Best Title Sequence (‘Redwood’ by Jonny Norton)
- The Award for Animation (‘Yonder World’ by Charlie Burt)
- Best Post Production (‘Learning Curve’ by Charlie Burt)
- Best On Screen Female (Lydia George)
- Best Broadcaster (Highly Commended)
Lydia George, a second-year Media Production student at De Montfort University (DMU), was named as Best On Screen Female by BBC newsreader and presenter Fiona Bruce – who described Lydia as ‘funny and genuine [with] a unique voice’.
“I’m completely overwhelmed and still so shocked,” Lydia said. “I was not expecting to be shortlisted, let alone win!
“It’s a pretty crazy moment when Fiona Bruce announces that you’re apparently the best female presenter in student television.
“I’m very proud to be part of Demon [Media] right now!”
Just some of the huge DemonTV team got suited and booted for the awards ceremony in Birmingham.
Elsewhere, fellow second-year Media Production student Charlie Burt scooped two awards for animation and post production. He explained: “It was a bloody fantastic night and I did not expect to walk away with an award at all!
“DemonTV had a great night and we are all very proud to be members of Demon Media, and I cannot wait to start working on more projects with my brilliant friends at Demon.”
Meanwhile, Station Manager Jonny Norton picked up a personal award for a ‘stunning piece of work’ in the form of the title sequence for his short film ‘Redwood’ and was on hand to collect the commendation for DemonTV in the final category of the night.
He said: “I’m absolutely ecstatic with [the] results. It feels incredible that we’ve been named the best student television station in the whole of the UK for four categories!
“These awards are hugely prestigious in the world of student media and it’s very rare for a station to get more than one or two, let alone four!
“Our Best Broadcaster commendation really goes out to all of our members and anyone who has supported DemonTV over the past year, it’s you that makes the station what it is.
“It’s been incredible year and I don’t want to leave!”
The news comes as DemonFM have been nominated for six more national awards at the Student Radio Association (SRA)’s ‘I Love Student Radio Awards’, being held on the DMU campus later this month.
And with The Demon up for two gongs at the Student Publication Association (SPA) Awards in May, it’s looking like a glitzy year for our favourite student media group…
A tearful Lydia collected her award from BBC newsreader and presenter Fiona Bruce.