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Unemployment Crisis

Free Speech, Series 1 Episode 10 of 12

BBC Three's monthly live current affairs debate programme returns with new presenter Rick Edwards, live from Swansea, in an edition which tackles the issue of long-term unemployment.

Swansea has the third highest youth unemployment in the UK and 12.5 per cent of 16-24 year olds are on some form of benefit. The number of 18 to 24-year-olds in Wales claiming jobseeker's allowance for more than a year increased fourfold between August 2011 and August 2012.

Amongst the panel facing questions from the studio audience is London grime artist Devlin, who is known for incorporating conspiracy theories and politics into his music, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood and entrepreneur Shazia Awan.

Also under discussion is online safety and the recent reports of slut-shaming. A film based on the issues raised throughout the programme is included in the show, made by young people alongside BBC Learning's The Lab.

The panel takes questions from the studio audience of 18 to 25-year-olds, whilst viewers at home can interact via social media and show what they think of the panel via the Free Speech Power Bar.

Radio 1's Breakfast news and sports presenter Tina Daheley takes the role of social media jockey, speaking up for the web responses and online comments.

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1 hour

Last on

Thu 14 Feb 2013 01:30


Role Contributor
Series ProducerSusan Crook
Series ProducerSusan Crook
Executive ProducerSteve Anderson
Executive ProducerSteve Anderson
PresenterRick Edwards
PresenterRick Edwards

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