BBC unveils youth centred election project

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Written by Alex Veeneman

The BBC is looking for 18-24 year olds for the opportunity to take part in programmes leading up to the General Election in May, as part of a new initiative focusing on young people.

Under the project Generation 2015, the BBC is looking to attract 200 young voters across the UK and is inviting young people to apply. The 200 selected from applications would be asked to contribute to regional programmes as well as national programmes on TV and radio including Radio 1’s Newsbeat, Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show, as well as Newsnight. Opportunities could include interviewing party leaders.

Generation 2015 is a similar initiative to Generation 2014, conducted during the course of the independence referendum campaign in Scotland last year, where 16 year olds expressed their views on the future of Scotland. The initiative began work on its Twitter account on 7 January.



In an emailed statement to Kettle, producers of Generation 2015 say applicants do not need to have determined how they will vote, nor need to be steeped into politics, but do need to have something to say for themselves.

Applications open for Generation 2015 today (14 January) and are due by 2 February. Queries can be directed to the production team, which can be found here on Twitter, and applications can be downloaded from the Generation 2015 web site here.

The general election will be held on 7 May.