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Pixie Lott launches Radio 1 Teen Awards

Singer Pixie Lott has officially launched BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards 2011, where she’ll headline the gig and sit on the judging panel selecting teen heroes.

The event celebrates remarkable and inspirational teenagers alongside stars from the music and entertainment world.

The station also announced that it has commissioned YouGov to undertake a major poll to look at the attitudes and opinions of young people in the UK today.

The headlines from the poll will inform a discussion at Radio 1’s Big Conversation, which takes place at City Hall, London on Tuesday 13th September 2011.

The announcement was made by Ben Cooper, Acting Controller, BBC Radio 1, this morning at a press launch at the station’s studios in central London, followed by an on air announcement by Fearne Cotton during her morning show.

Ben said: “Radio 1’s Teen Awards is an incredibly important event for the station. This year, ahead of the event, we’ve invited young people, politicians and youth organisations to get involved in Radio 1’s Big Conversation, which will reflect their hopes and fears for the future before we celebrate the good work so many of them do in our communities at the awards ceremony in October”.

This year’s Teen Awards take place at London’s Wembley Arena on Sunday 9th October, 2011. The event is open to 14-17 year olds and tickets will be given away free to Radio 1 listeners.

Also, Radio 1 will be partnering with youth charity The Prince’s Trust, The British Youth Council and V Inspired to put on Radio 1’s Big Conversation – an event that will join young people together with influential adults to discuss some of the key issues that are affecting the country’s 13-24 year olds.

Piers Bradford, Commissioning Editor, Radio 1 said: “Radio 1’s Poll and Radio 1’s Big Conversation demonstrate the station’s commitment to listening to the views of young people in Britain and giving them a voice. The findings of the poll will inform our programming, including all of our social action activity, over the next 12 months”.

Nominations for this year’s Teen Heroes’ can be submitted at bbc.co.uk/radio1/teenawards from 10.45am today until 5pm on Tuesday 30th August 2011. Nominees should be aged between 12 and 17.

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