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The High Cost of Cheap Clothes

Free Speech, Series 2 Episode 2 of 8

In the lead up to Radio 1's Big Weekend from Derry/Londonderry, Rick Edwards presents a live debate from the UK's first City of Culture in front of an audience of 120 people aged 18-25.

Rick hears the opinions of the studio audience on the big stories of the day, with Tina Daheley (Radio 1 Newsbeat) relaying Twitter, Facebook and website messages from viewers at home.

A panel of celebrities, politicians and local activists discuss the high price of cheap clothes in light of the clothing factory tragedy in Dhaka which killed over 700 people. Ethical consumerists go head-to-head with those who can only afford cheaper clothing. Other topical issues will be added to the debate as the news unfolds.

Derry/Londonderry was once the global centre of shirtmaking, but with work transferring abroad it now has the highest youth unemployment rate in Northern Ireland. Do the young people in the audience see any hope of long-term employment returning to the city?

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1 hour

Last on

Thu 23 May 2013 02:00


Role Contributor
Series ProducerSusan Crook
Executive ProducerSteve Anderson
PresenterRick Edwards