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BBC Radio 1 opens up its airwaves to one hundred young people


BBC Radio 1 opens up its airwaves to one hundred young people

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BBC Radio 1 opens up its airwaves to one hundred young people

The Beeb is celebrating a century of broadcasting

As part of BBC Radio 1’s plans to mark the BBC’s Centenary, Radio 1 will open up the airwaves offering young people the opportunity to share what makes them who they are.

Aled Haydn Jones, Head of BBC Radio 1:

“It’s important that Radio 1 offers a platform for our young listeners to have their voices heard, and Minute Of Me does just that. As the BBC turns 100, having 100 young people from across the UK sharing their story is an incredible snapshot of how this generation defines itself. I’m very grateful to everyone who shared their personal story.”

Across ten days, BBC Radio 1’s Minute Of Me will be handed over to young people aged 16-24 around the country, giving them up to a minute each to broadcast to millions on the UK’s biggest youth radio station. The station asked them to tell their stories, aspirations and life lessons in 60 seconds – sharing their experiences of what life is like in the UK in 2022.

This project is not about 100 exceptional people, this is a snapshot of young listeners’ everyday lives. The Minutes explore the attitudes and experiences of this age group including contributors talking about anxiety, financial worry, disability, bereavement, eating disorders, the pressure of life goals, the impact of social media and the experience of women in spaces that have been traditionally male-dominated. The Minutes also reflect the hope, joy and optimism of this generation.

Minute Of Me is a platform for young voices that may not ordinarily be heard but there are also a couple of more well-known contributors taking part, such as musician RAYE, and Manchester United and England footballer Ella Toone. Listeners can tune into Radio 1 from Saturday 15 October until Sunday 23 October, including special programming which will delve deeper into The Minutes and discuss what makes the one hundred young people who they are.

Greg James:

“Minute of Me is a great way to hear what our listeners think about the world. We’d be nothing without their funny stories every day so it’s great to dig a bit deeper and get them to show a different side to themselves on the radio.”

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