Started as Anchor Idol about seven years ago in spotting and nurturing aspiring news anchors, Han Chiang University College of Communication (HCUC) launched its newest Host Idol competition in 2016 to look for all-rounded media personalities.
Today, Host Idol has developed into a solid brand by becoming a platform for secondary school students to explore their media skills as hosts, broadcasters, Youtubers, newscasters and journalists.
Throughout this journey, the competition has always been supported by two famous newscasters and TV hosts, Tan Ley Teng of NTV7 who is also HCUC ambassador and Ivan Toh (TV1), who have been the judges together with another award-winning TV personality, Owen Yap from 8TV, ever since it was known as Anchor Idol.
In an interview with HCUC News, Ley Teng and Ivan praised HCUC for continuously organising the competition and providing exposure for young people who want to pursue their dreams in the media industry.
“Host Idol provides a good opportunity and serves as a platform for young people to showcase their talents.
“In addition, Host Idol is always keeping up with the trends that are continuously evolving within the media industry, by adding new elements that match the demands needed in this field,” Ley Teng said.
Ivan also agreed with Ley Teng and added that young people nowadays are blessed with many privileges for them to explore their talents, an example of which is the Host Idol competition.
“How I wish I could also get the same chance when I was at a very young age, so that I could learn more about the media industry.
“It’s definitely a good move taken by HCUC to equip them with relevant skills needed in the industry.
“However, I hope that this competition can be expanded to include primary school students as well, because I believe they can also produce good and creative contents that may draw people’s attention,” he said.
Meanwhile, the two personalities were also glad with the rise of Youtubers, which they described it as a “good phenomenon”.
“This is a good example of enriching traditional media industry, which can broaden our knowledge.
“Youtube has become an easy platform for people to not only showcase their talents, but learn many new things, as well as interact with other people from different parts of the world,” Ley Teng said.
However, Ivan pointed out that despite its huge phenomenon, future Youtubers need to be careful when dealing with the content to be broadcast to the massive audience
“The new media has changed the way people consume content. Thus, it goes back to the intention and the content we want to highlight to the audience.
“If we just want to get the popularity vote, it would be very easy for us to be withdrawn from the industry that can happen anytime.
“However, if our strength is the good content that we always develop to the audience, I believe we will stay longer and keep having more followers,” he said.