A university journalism department has taken over a historic old newsroom saved from demolition.
The University of East Anglia brought journalism students to Grade II listed St George’s Works in Norwich, which once housed the offices of the defunct Radio Broadland radio station.
The building, part of which dates from the 18th century, was put up for sale after the station disappeared in May 2019, but was later slated for demolition.
However, they were later rescued after UEA broadcast journalism course director Mark Wells spotted them, with the university signing a 10-year lease with the owners Our Place.
They have since been remodeled and refitted to industry standards, with UEA students having access to a newly renovated radio presentation area, TV news studio, and audio studio.
New teaching and meeting spaces have also been created.
Mark said: âFor the university, with its expanding journalism and creative practice programs, this seemed too great an opportunity to miss.
âThe demolition was quickly put on hold, which allowed us to develop a plan to take advantage of the unique features of the site.
âFor our students, being able to benefit from a state-of-the-art broadcast center, equipped with high-tech TV and radio information studios, will provide them with a simulation of what a career in the broadcast industry would be like. , while allowing them to produce high quality visual and audio news content during their stay here. “