Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

‘We want the airwaves’

(L-r front) Marty Gordan, UTV; Shea Reynolds, NICCY Youth Panel; Nikki Clinton, Young NCB NI; Tristan Boyle, NICCY Youth Panel; (back left) Marc Mallet, UTV presenter, and Aodan Curley, NICCY Youth Panel

Two teenagers from Bangor were among a number of young people from across Northern Ireland who took over the airwaves at UTV, U105, and BBC Talkback recently.

Megan O’Kane, 18, and Tristan Boyle, 18, members of the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People’s (NICCY) Youth Panel, took part in We Want the Airwaves initiative, which allows young people to have their voice heard about the issues which affect them everyday.

Megan and Tristan worked with young people from Northern Ireland Youth Forum and Young National Children’s Bureau (NCB) NI to mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) — a list of 42 promises Government has made to children and young people.

Megan interviewed Junior Minister Gerry Kelly live on BBC Talk Back and had a discussion with U105’s Frank Mitchell about how young people are perceived by the media, politicians and local communities.

“I really enjoyed this whole experience,” said Megan.

Tristan, who took UTV presenter Marc Mallet through a ‘day in the life’ of a young person for the Seven Thirty Show, added: “This whole initiative was a great way for me to get amazing experience working with the media.”

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