BBC Local Radio starts search for New Voices
Open auditions are to take place across England and the Channel Islands for BBC local radio’s new talent search.
All 39 local radio stations across England and the Channel Islands are hosting open auditions for New Voices on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September, following our report in January about the project getting underway.
Hopefuls will have 60 seconds to impress a panel of judges. They could tell a story about something they care about, something local, something personal… anything as long as it’s unique. Judges across the country will include BBC editors and producers plus special guests such as vocal coaches Carrie and David Grant.
The judges are looking for people who have the potential to contribute to existing shows, present their own one-off programme or even land a regular slot on a station.
BBC England’s Head of Audio and Digital, Chris Burns, says: “BBC local radio has always been the place in the BBC where new talent can get a break. Very few of today’s famous broadcasters haven’t done a stint at their local station. We are determined to discover the next generation of new radio talent. Our local teams speak to hundreds of people every day and know there are plenty of fascinating talkers out there who deserve more air time. So we’re opening our doors and inviting people to have a go at getting a slot on one of our stations.”
In most cases, all people will have to do is turn up at their local venue prepared to impress. However some will require candidates to pre-register first – visit bbc.co.uk/newvoices for the list of venues and full details.
The auditions will be first-come-first-served, so everyone is asked to make sure they check the times of the auditions and arrive promptly for the best chance to be seen.