Two weeks ago, award winning student media group, Demon Media, orchestrated one of the biggest projects they’ve ever undertaken as a broadcast media group: a 20 hour charity television livestream, akin to Children In Need, taking place during the annual University RAG week alongside other groups on campus.
Mind is a charity that specialises in helping those experiencing mental health problems by providing phone lines and direct support, legal advice and local support groups, as well as campaigning for change and battling the stigma attached to Mental Illnesses.
Coping with Cancer is a local Leicester charity that provides practical and emotional support for individuals and families affected by cancer.
The running total currently stands (as of 9th March 2017) at £1,070.71. Donations are still open and you can donate at
Donations are currently closed.
The broadcast was a mixture of live segments; with presenters, shows and challenges taking place throughout the 20 hours, and pre recorded spoofs of some popular TV shows such as ‘Impractical Jokers’, ‘Taskmaster’, ‘Nevermind the Buzzcocks’ and ‘QI’.
The shows produced were some of the highest quality the Demon TV production team have ever made and were a fantastic opportunity for Demon Media members (from across the three strands: Magazine, TV and Radio) to get involved in writing and producing shows as well as working on the floor and gallery of a TV studio. For some, these were completely new experiences and skills.
Phoebe Lindley, DemonFM Weekend Assistant Producer and first year member of Demon Media joined the broadcast as part of the large roster of on screen talent, presenting and acting in a number of segments as well as operating behind the scenes for a number of shows. She said: “It was an incredible experience. Not only did it give me the chance to learn skills I’d never get to do in my daily life as a student, but doing it surrounded by so much talent and such an amazing atmosphere made the experience one in a million.”
Technical issues arose at the start of the stream which meant that the show, originally intended to start for 5pm, didn’t start until closer to 8pm, causing minor concern for producers of live shows.
This didn’t deter the group as a whole and members of the (largely volunteer) technical and broadcast team were able to get the show up and running.
20 hours, 25 shows, 40+ tins of beans and many wax strips later, Demon Media is extremely proud of the broadcast and the money raised will be going to two fantastic causes. The show has also provided a platform for many members to learn and hone media skills and given them an experience they’re unlikely to forget.
If you missed any of the shows or highlights, they’re available on the DemonTV YouTube Channel or in the playlist below.