Indiana University’s new television studio will be named after former broadcaster Ken Beckley and his wife Audrey, in honor of a gift to the Media School. Technology in the studio will include eight high-definition cameras, a multiview monitor wall and a connection to the Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology at Assembly Hall.
The Ken and Audrey Beckley Studio will house IUSTV, the campus’ student-run television station, and support television broadcast news classes and production workshops. The studio will be in the renovated Franklin Hall, which will become the home of the Media School this summer.
Beckley spent 14 years as a television news anchor and reporter in Terre Haute, Ashville, North Carolina and Indianapolis. He later spent 20 years as a senior executive for Indianapolis-based hhgregg Inc. (NYSE: HGG).
Media School Director of Facilities and Technology Jay Kincaid says the studio is "phenomenal," adding, "Any show I could do in New York, you’ll be able to do in this studio." It will feature a news loft, full broadcast set, a small stage and a green screen.
The school says the gift counts toward IU’s $2.5 billion "For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign."