Students at a high school near Norwich today launched a new radio station.

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Hellesdon High School Radio broadcast for the first time at 7.55am with a half-hour breakfast show presented by year nine pupil Molly Rush.

The project is open to all students at the school and everyone is being encouraged to get involved to gain valuable experience and new skills. A core group of youngsters has taken charge of the day-to-day running of the station, which will be managed by sixth former Jake Medler.

He said: “The radio station is a fantastic opportunity for students like me to learn every aspect of running a radio station, including research, live speech and audio technology.”

The station will begin by broadcasting two shows a day to the school – the breakfast show and a 1pm lunchtime show presented by sixth form student Keenan Groom. The programmes will feature a mix of music, interviews and news.

Hellesdon High School Radio hopes to eventually widen its audience by streaming live on the internet.

Plans to introduce more programmes on subjects chosen by the students and aimed at their peers are also in the pipeline.

English teacher Anita Miah, a former BBC employee, said the project would be a big boost for the students’ CVs.

She said: “The radio station gives pupils the chance to develop a range of broadcasting skills, the ability to work to deadlines and the confidence to talk to people from different walks of life. These are all transferable and will prepare students for life within the workplace or further education.”

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