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 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.

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  1. Spiral says

    So don’t bother hiring all the professionals out there who’ve been sacked by Global recently, no, lets get a load of cheap inarticulate numpties in yet another cynical (and futile) attempt to grab the yoof market. Pathetic.

  2. Mr Boltar says

    Because obviously there arn’t enough out of work DJs and presenters at the moment. Lets hire some social media wannabes instead.

    1. Joe Smith says

      To be fair they have to audition for a full sixty seconds so most of them will spend the majority of this time glued to their screens having forgotten they are in the middle of an audition.

  3. Keith says

    Good intentions, but how will this work?

    The best radio presenters usually make other people’s lives and stories interesting. That’s the point of local radio. I don’t tune in to listen to a radio presenter bang on about themselves for hours on end.

    Also, note that only 1 applicant per region will get their own programme.

    1. Mr Boltar says

      Unfortunately it seems to me the BBC thinks to “keep it real” or whatever this weeks finger on the pulse phrase is, they need to hire morons who can barely string 2 words together but because they’ve just walked in off the street somehow have a more rounded view of the world than a professional. Which is utter BS because one thing teenagers and early 20 somethings generally don’t have is significant life experience in which to draw on when discussing matters other than Love Island.

      Of course, they cost a lot less too which I imagine factors into things significantly.

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