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Gerry Kelly to present new chat show

Belfast Metropolitan College students and veteran TV professionals have teamed up to produce Tonight with Gerry Kelly, which will be shown on community station NVTV.
Allan Preston

A NEW chat show in Belfast will see former UTV presenter Gerry Kelly team up with the next generation of broadcasting talent.

Best known for the Kelly Show between 1998-2005, the presenter and a dozen former UTV staffers are now heading the production with Belfast Metropolitan College students.

Filmed in front of a live audience, Tonight with Gerry will be aired over eight weeks through community broadcaster NVTV.

"What a joy it is to be back working with many of my former colleagues on this new weekly show that will be broadcast on NVTV," Mr Kelly said.

"And what a delight it is, for us all, to be in a position to pass on our many years of broadcasting experience to the next generation of TV, radio and film makers."

Higher Education media students from Belfast Met e3 studios will gain hands on experience in all aspects of television production, from creating the opening credits to booking guests and editing the show.

A connection with Belfast Met was made through former UTV newsreader Lynda Bryans, who now heads the Factual Television & Journalism Higher National Diploma course.

“One of Belfast Met’s great strengths is its reputation for doing the hands-on, project-based learning really well," she said.

"Rather than writing a dissertation about programme production, our students are actually doing it - producing their own content, so it’s fantastic that these highly experienced professionals are sharing their time so freely with this new generation of programme makers."

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