Michael Prior-Jones

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"Michael's finger was trying to tell him something, but for the life of him he couldn't work out what...." - Matt Colegate in the Caption Competition.

Michael Prior-Jones (known as Mike these days) joined YSTV in his first week at York in October 1999, having previously spent a gap year at BBC Research & Development. He studied for an MEng in Electronic Engineering and spent a lot of time doing YSTV stuff, as well as being involved in a less life-taking-over way with URY and Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

He lived in 21 Danum Road with Cally Nixon, Kevin Bowman, and John Biltcliffe.

On graduating from York in June 2003 he worked for BBC R&D until June 2005, when he took a job with the British Antarctic Survey as Communications Manager at Rothera Research Station. He spent 18 months at Rothera and filmed an Antarctic station ident with a penguin and various other footage which Mark Friend edited into VTs for Limited Edition.

He now works as a technology consultant and lives in Cambridge. He attended 40th Birthday and YSTV50.

During the time he was in YSTV he was

Mike's YSTV CV:


  • Wrote the front-end control for Matt Hammond's computer graphics system for Elections 2000
  • Bought the Audio-Technica AT835b shotgun microphone (and associated Rycote shockmount and windshield) - the mic was seen in use in the studio at YSTV 50 some 17 years later!
  • Bought the Behringer sound desk that was installed in 2001


Society and studio admin

  • Drafted the 2001 constitution
  • Wrote all the risk assessments following a threat by the Goodricke Bursar to shut us down for various perceived safety failings. With a few revisions they are still in use today (and still on the same template!)