Rally fans can follow all the race action

NORTH Antrim rally fans will be interested to know that Stormont Minister Stephen Farry joined film students at South Eastern Regional College’s Ballynahinch campus to celebrate the launch of the groundbreaking internet television channel Circuitofireland.tv.

The brainchild of Bobby Willis (Event Director of the Circuit of Ireland Rally), and with the help of Tyndall Productions and students of NI Film School, they have played a pivotal role in the development of the innovative channel which will stream live footage and programming from the Easter Stages Rally in real time, across the world, on Saturday 30th March.

The concept is a significant development for motorsport and will enable unrestricted opportunities to watch the live rally action as it unfolds, while projecting images of Northern Ireland’s stunning countryside all around the globe.

The channel will be aired for 12 hours from 9am until 9pm on www.circuitofireland.tv from a purpose-built, industry-standard, studio at the Millbrook Lodge Hotel in Ballynahinch. Broadcasters Alan Tyndall and Pamela Ballantine will anchor the programme.

The students have been involved in the project since its inception, gaining invaluable experience in a wide range of roles, including interviewing, presenting, camera work and sound and studio engineering.

Speaking at the launch event, Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry said: “The development of this innovative internet television channel will provide the film students of South Eastern Regional College, who are aiming to enter the creative industries, with real life, hands-on experience in media planning and production. The initiative will continue to support film and media technology skills and provide industry experience to emerging creative talent.”

Campbell Miller, Assistant Head of School, said: “SERC’s Northern Ireland Film School is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. Our students are among the best equipped to take on this challenge. The Triton Showers Easter Stages Rally will provide a great opportunity for them to showcase their ability, and the experience will serve them well when they enter the working world.”

Programming will include live-streamed footage from the rally stages including ‘on location’ reportage from the start in Lisburn, and the finish in Ballynahinch; capturing and transmitting all the energy of the event along with highlights like the ceremonial spraying of champagne.