Tiger Media is the home of our award-winning student media societies who bring a mix of creativity, knowledge and enthusiasm across a variety of platforms.

Working alongside colleagues in the Universities Institute of Media and English, giving access to world class facilities, Tiger Media produces content across audio, video, written and visual platforms.

Members of our team have won a variety of awards, including prizes at the UK Student Radio Awards, the New York Festival and The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards.


Scratch Radio

Scratch Radio has been around for nearly two decades and broadcasts from The Curzon Building at our City Centre campus in brand new, purpose built studios.

We are award-winning radio made by students, for students.

Whether you want to present, produce or have more of a techncial streak, there's a wide range of opportunities on offer - and don't worry if working on air isn't your thing. We've got plenty of online and social opportunities too, in fact some of our members never set foot in our studio!


Polygon

Polygon started life as the student magazine for Birmingham Polytechnic in the late 80s. When we were granted University status, the magazine was rebranded as Spaghetti Junction and then The Scratch.

As we move into a new era for BCU, Polygon is back - the student-led blog and magazine, seen by thousands of students from all BCU campuses as well as the wider community around the region.


Joining Tiger Media gives you access to both of the societies, working in a cross-platform capacity. You may lean more towards one specialism than another but getting involved with Tiger Media gives you the chance to dip your toes in the water with support from a team with a variety of areas of experience.

Some of our success stories

 

Former members of Scratch have gone on to work in various roles across the industry - and we couldn't be more proud! Here's just a handful of people who have moved forward:

Ben Stones was part of the Scratch family until 2012 and, after graduating he went to work at BBC Radio Leicester before moving to London.

He now works as a Lead Producer for station sound across the BBC's national radio networks, including Radio 1 and 1XtraRadio 2 and 6Music.


Dan Richards was our Assistant Station Manager until he graduated in 2011, before returning study for his MA in 2017.

Dan worked as a producer at Smooth Radio, now part of the Global Radio family, covering both weekends and their West Midlands breakfast show as well as work with BBC local radio. He now presents at the weekend on Black Country Radio.


Carl Bennett worked in a number of roles within Scratch and moved to Black Country Radio after graduation.

He spent a number of years working for the Wireless Group in London, latterly as a digital producer for talkRADIO.

In 2021 he took a new position as a senior digital producer for the new national news channel - GB News.
 


Johnny Seifert finished his time at University and went back home to London and also works for the Wireless Group.

Beginning as an assistant producer for TalkRADIO's Breakfast Show, he currently produces their weekend output and acts as the stations showbiz reporter.

He's recently joined TalkRADIO's sister station, Times Radio, as their Entertainment Producer.


Rachel Chew was Scratch's Assistant Station Manager between 2011 and 2014, before completing her degree and working for Heart in Birmingham. She moved to Swindon to co-host SAM FM's Breakfast Show before uprooting to host the Nation Radio Breakfast Show across South Wales.

Recently, she's moved to Oman to present Drivetime on HiFM - Oman's #1 Hit Music Station.

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