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Production company searches for new host

Dez Loreen
Northern News Services

Inuvik (Dec 22/06) - If you are a young Inuvialuit person, this may be your chance to be in the spotlight and be broadcast nationwide on television.

The Inuvialuit Communications Society is looking for a new host for their English language program, Suaangan.

The broadcast season started in October and will run until late March.

The crew and producers are working hard to complete their programs for this year.

Executive director Topsy Cockney said she would like to see a young person as the face of the program, which airs several times a week.

"Lately, we haven't had too many new recruits that are youth," she said.

"This would be a great opportunity for a young Inuvialuit who wants to get involved in media."

Although the candidate would start off hosting the program, there would be room for future expansion into editing, camera shooting and production.

For those who might not be able to remember the lines, Cockney said that special technology has made reading scripts easier in the last few years.

"We use a teleprompter, which allows the words to be read by the host onscreen," she said.

Producer Patrick Joe has been with the company for the last three years.

Although his role is completely behind the scenes, he said being with the company has helped him know more about his culture.

"I work closely with translators and all my content is in Inuvialuktun," said Joe.

Joe is no stranger to the equipment. He is trained in camera use, sound monitoring and editing.

Technical director David Stewart said the company needs young Inuvialuit to get on screen.

"There is a new format to our English program Suaangan," said Stewart.

"We're looking for someone with an interest in the region and their culture."

The hosting duties could also include voice-over narrations and shooting on location in different places.

"We travel out to the communities at least once a year," said Stewart.