Yesterday (7th March) saw the launch of a new BBC Three youth debate series called Free Speech. Presented by Jake Humphrey in front of a live studio audience, the show includes a panel and interactive features to get the audience at home involved.
Each show is driven by The Hot Five – five bold topics affecting young people within the last month. These suggestions can be put forward via Facebook, Twitter and on any of the Free Speech blog posts.
Last night's panelists included BAFTA winning actor Adam Deacon, Conservative MP and businesswoman Esther McVey, entrepreneur Dominic McVey and Radio One's Gemma Cairney.
As each panellist is talking, viewers are able to tweet in their thoughts and include a hashtag saying whether they agree or disagree with the panel to affect the Free Speech Control Panel. For example, to comment on what Adam is saying, they can tweet in their comments and add #YESADAM if they agree with him or #NOADAM if they don't. All tweets featuring these hashtags are totted up and displayed on the control panel, giving a just-for-fun snapshot of the mood out there on the Twittersphere.
Free Speech will be touring the country so to be a part of the audience, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating where you live and you will be contacted when the show is in your area.
If you missed the first show, you can watch it here.