8 June 2021

20th anniversary broadcast!

Eastbourne Youth Radio

Eastbourne Youth Radio (EYR) returns for a special 20th anniversary broadcast (9-11 June 2021) on 87.7FM and online at www.eyr.org.uk

Broadcast from studios at East Sussex College in Eastbourne, EYR sees local students aged 5-19, present radio shows covering a wide range of topics.

The annual event usually takes place in November, but was halted due to the COVID pandemic. Careful safety measures have been put in place to ensure COVID guidelines are followed. Some pre-recorded material features as a result. Students of all ages still revel in the opportunity to be involved and EYR brings the town together in a hugely collaborative project that participants are proud to be a part of.

Highlights include the East Sussex College sponsored show, Meet the Media (Thursday 10 June, 12pm) which introduces students to media professionals to explore the many different aspects of the industry from broadcast journalism, to websites, PR, advertising and print. What do the panel members think about journalism today? What will jobs look like post COVID-19? How has the internet and growth of social media transformed reporting? Why is radio still so important? Expect these questions and more! The guest panel includes radio production and voiceover artist, Rik Scott; Global newsreader, Hanna Neter; media trainer and former BBC journalist, John Young, and ESC alumni and freelance Camera Operator and Editor, Oscar Williams!

This special anniversary broadcast is made possible by the considerable support and involvement of many local businesses and organisations. Alison Brewer, Director of Brewers Decorator Centres, says, “We are delighted to once again support Eastbourne Youth Radio, a very worthwhile project. We’ve seen first-hand the wonderful opportunities the project offers the students; developing organisational, technical and creative skills and giving them the opportunity to delve deeper in topics that directly affect them and their future.”

A grant from the Community and Safety Fund, facilitated by Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, recognises EYR’s ongoing work to promote Anti-Bullying Week and issues around young mental health and wellbeing. Several programmes focus on related stories and the organisations supporting the project, including Eastbourne Youth and Community Safety Partnerships, Holding Space and Haine & Son.

EYR is all about enabling young people to research, produce, present and perform their own material in association with community partners for a family audience. From this they learn and develop a whole range of skills that they will find helpful in future life.

EYR’s 20th Anniversary Special airs 9-11 June 2021 on 87.7FM and online at www.eyr.org.uk