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BBC Northern Ireland launches search for new presenters

Got a passion for music and think you can shake up the local radio scene? The BBC is looking for you.

BBC Northern Ireland is searching for new presenters who can display a genuine expertise and passion for music.

To enter applicants, between 18 and 30 years of age, will need to make a 60-second video reviewing a performance, gig or recent recording showing evidence of their musical expertise.

These videos will then need to be uploaded online on to a social media or video hosting platform of choice and then the link emailed to musicni@bbc.co.uk.  The email must include a link to your video, their contact details and 150 words explaining why they should be selected for this opportunity.

The best 20 entries will then be invited to BBC Broadcasting House to take part in a presenting workshop with some of the applicants going on to present some digital content for BBC Northern Ireland and perhaps getting the chance to go on air in the future

Lynette Fay, BBC Radio Ulster presenter says: “The BBC has such a rich tradition of music presenters on the airwaves so this is an amazing opportunity for all those budding young presenters to get a foot through the door.

"The best advice I can give to any aspiring applicants is to speak from the heart, don’t over think it and be yourself. We are not looking for the best filming skills, just someone with passion who can make a connection with the viewer. Good luck to all – I will look forward to meeting up with the best 20 entrants at the presenting workshop on the 23 June.”

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BBC Radio Ulster presenter Lynette Fay.

BBC Radio Foyle’s Stephen McCauley added: “The BBC is very serious about engaging new up and coming presenters and this campaign for 18-30 year olds is a great opportunity for anyone with a passion for music who would like to try their hand at presenting.

"It couldn’t be easier – simply use your own social media or video platform to upload the 60 second showreel and then send the BBC a link explaining why we should pick you.  Lynette and I genuinely cannot wait to meet the best entrants on the 23 June to share some of our experience and knowledge of this industry.”

Entries will be judged by a panel of BBC Northern Ireland presenters and production staff.

The video needs to be original, made specifically for this opportunity and the script needs to be the applicant’s own work. 

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on Friday, June 1. Anything sent after this date will not be considered. Applicants must also be available to attend an audition day in BBC Northern Ireland on June 23 if successful. Further details can be found at bbc.co.uk/musicni

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