Welcome to Free Speech!
Welcome to my first blog for the new BBC Three show, Free Speech (Wednesday 7th March, 10pm).
I'm so chuffed to be hosting a show that I feel will bring young people closer than ever before to the decision makers and opinion formers of our country. A show that isn't afraid to ask the big questions and tackle the vital issues that are directly affecting your lives today and your futures tomorrow.
As you can tell from our video starring Mark Grist and MC Mixy, we're determined to stir up some big chat and we want all of you to get involved...
So how has the guy from Formula 1 ended up hosting a show like this? Well, right from studying A-level politics to presenting Newsround (back in the day!) I’ve always taken a keen interest in how our society runs, who runs it, and what we 'normal folk' can do to have more of a say in it.
I’m also passionate about making sure this programme is fun, and doesn’t focus solely on the serious issues we’re facing. So as much as we will be discussing problems like youth unemployment and benefit cuts, we’ll also be debating the celebrity headlines and hit viral videos that are being watched online, by you, in your millions.
All too often young people are painted in a negative light, being accused of not caring about the world we live in, or being too uneducated to have an opinion on the issues we are facing. Well, the very fact that you’re reading this shows that perception and reality are very often different.
Here’s how we’re doing things in a new way on Three Speech:
Each month we’ll be hitting BBC Three, live, with an hour long show that will address the hot five issues young people are talking about that month. These hot five will come from you through your suggestions online – if you think an issue is hot, tell us about it and join the conversation.
Each show will be made up of over one hundred young people, all with an opinion on the issues. Details below on how you could be a part of this...
During the show we’ll be using social media like never before. As each panelist speaks, you can tweet whether you agree or disagree with what they’re saying. Then using world-changing star-gazing technology (!) the tweets will be shown through an interactive, moving picture bubble of the panelist's head. Probably best to tune in to the first show to see what I mean with that one...
And finally, we’ll be keeping the debate going all month long online. We’ll be posting videos, showcasing guest bloggers, asking for interesting panelist suggestions and running all our ideas through you first.
So, get started now by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and leaving a comment below. And if reading this has already got you thinking about what hot issue you want to discuss, drop us a message and become part of your programme, both online and in the audience.
I’m so excited to be hosting this show and when we hit the air on Wednesday 7th March at 10pm I want us to do so with a real splash. So take this opportunity and show me what you’re made of!
Right, enough from me, over to you. Together lets really make our programme worth watching.
Free Speech is on Wednesday 7th March at 10pm.