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More than 300 staff members, students and industry professionals attended the official launch of the new Media Precinct On Wednesday 1 November, celebrating the opening of four new TV studios on Melbourne’s doorstep.

The Dean of the School of Media & Communication, Lisa French, hosted the event and  thanked staff members who put in many hours of research, working hard to create the new broadcast facilities  that would cater for RMIT students now and in the future.

Pro Vice Chancellor of the College of Design and Social Context, Paul Gough, also spoke reflecting on the role that RMIT staff and students have played in the development of community TV over the past 20 years.

ABC’s Director of News, Gaven Morris, also officially opened the new RMIT ABC Fact Check operation, which is based within the new Media Precinct. A fast-growing form of journalism, ABC Fact Check’s methodology was recently approved by the International Fact Checking Network. RMIT and the ABC is the only place where the best of scholastic research combines forces with the most trusted national broadcaster to produce fact checks – that will lift the standard of the public policy debate.

“There isn’t anything like this in the world,” he said

“When you look at the facilities a lot of the television and radio stations, or contemporary media organisations have, they would look at what you’ve got here and be quite jealous.”

The Media Precinct is a cutting-edge facility with 4 TV studios with 4K UHD acquisition, fibre optic cabling, motorised lighting grids and virtual set technology. With digital broadcast technology constantly changing, the precinct has been purpose-built to adapt, incorporating emerging technologies as they are pioneered.

The foresight of the designers was not lost on the new ABC head of news “I can really see the way the designers have thought about what audiences are going to be doing in future years and have built something that is equipped for that, ”Morris said

Attendees explored the ground-breaking new space as they enjoyed some light refreshments. The launch was held in the Media Portal – a multi-function space on the corner of Swanston and Franklin streets. A direct look into the inside of the precinct from the street, the space is designed as a student and event area to accommodate larger gatherings such as fashion shows, product launches, publicity events and a venue for small bands and musicians.

Find out more about the Media Precinct HERE.