Young broadcasters take over the airwaves in east Leeds

ON AIR: (l-r) Aileen Cairns, Zoe Carty, Elliott Moon, Francesca Pidgeon, Krystof Perry, Joshua Walker.
ON AIR: (l-r) Aileen Cairns, Zoe Carty, Elliott Moon, Francesca Pidgeon, Krystof Perry, Joshua Walker.
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Young broadcasters from across east Leeds are taking to the airwaves for the next two weeks in an innovative project planned and designed by themselves.

Chapel FM, which runs community radio station East Leeds FM from old Seacroft Methodist Church, is currently hosting the No Bystanders Broadcast Festival, which runs until August 2.

The festival aims to celebrate, and give a voice to, different people in the community and offers the chance for teenagers to learn how to create and present a radio show - then do it for real.

It boasts a packed programme of live music, discussion, film and theatre and will be encouraging listeners to get involved in some of the big issues affecting communities today, including sexuality, mental health and bullying. All the events will be broadcast live on 87.7FM and online through www.chapelfm.co.uk.

Adrian Sinclair, from Heads Together Productions, the arts organisation behind Chapel FM, said: “Over 7,000 people of all ages and backgrounds have got involved with Chapel FM since we opened last October.

“No Bystanders Broadcast Festival is a great way to top off an outstanding year.”

He added: “What’s particularly fantastic is the whole programme has been devised by our young broadcasters who will also present and produce the entire two-week programme.”

Zoe Cartey, 18, a student at the David Young Community Academy said Chapel FM is a place to learn something new and meet different people every day. She said: “We want our No Bystanders programme to help people who are facing difficult situations by raising awareness of tough issues through music, discussion, theatre and film and help give something back to our community.”

The festival will end with a live broadcast as part of Leeds Pride on August 2.