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Wise Buddah commissioned for 5 Live slots

Wise Buddah and the Manchester based charity NOISEfestival.com have been commissioned to co-produce a series of live inserts for BBC Radio 5 Live.

The four 15 minute slots, about youth unemployment, will start today on Drive.

The strand was commissioned from an original idea by NOISEfestival.com charity to challenge four bright young unemployed people in the North of England to come up with ideas for getting 18-24 year-old Brits back to work.

Working with Radio 5 live news, Wise Buddah’s Manchester team, led by Speech Executive Jo Meek, and NOISE Project Manager Victoria Turnbull will follow the quartet as they meet four mentors who will provide advice on finding work and setting up their own businesses.

Funding for the inserts has come from BBC North’s Creative Kicker fund, a £60,000 development pot designed to provide BBC Radio’s 1, 2, 3 and 4 and 5 live with content from north of England based independent radio producers.

BBC Radio 5 live Deputy Controller and Commissioning Editor Jonathan Wall said: “This is a really creative project and is exactly what the Northern Development Fund for independent producers was designed to do. It has brought together people from outside the BBC who otherwise wouldn’t have come together to share their ideas, and teamed them up with a 5 live news team that has just moved from London to Salford. We haven’t done a project quite like this one before, so hopefully it will pave the way for many more in the future.”

Wise Buddah Head of Content Simon Willis added: “As one of the first BBC commissions for Wise Buddah Manchester this project will allow us to grow our commitment to providing quality speech content for the BBC at Media City.”

At the same time Wise Buddah is also working on a single, one-off documentary for 5 live about the Jamaican Sprint relay team.

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