Reprezent

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Reprezent 107.3 FM is a youth-led radio station that reaches young people aged between 13 and 25 across London. [1] The station has its origin in a one month Restricted Service Licence focusing on youth issues including gun and knife crime, which was a successful broadcast that enabled them to apply for a community radio licence. [2] Reprezent won a full-time five year FM licence from OFCOM and from April 2011 Reprezent 107.3FM has been broadcasting live across London. Playing grime, dubstep, UK Funky, indie rock, indie pop and house music, it champions youth culture. Reprezent provides a platform for young people to showcase their talents but also to discuss social issues that affect them. It aims to challenge youth stereotypes and help young people better represent themselves in society. Their licence agreement says thus:

The station will give young people in south London access to their own platform for discussing issues that matter to them, representing their views, and dispelling negative stereotypes; and feature music they like, and which is rarely played on mainstream services.[3]

As part of the station's community broadcasting remit, it is expected to provide social gain initiatives. Reprezent offers training to young people who have limited opportunities, whether they're at risk of under achieving at GCSE level or people with learning disabilities, juvenile delinquents, young carers, children in care or drug or alcohol problems.[4] Young people gain new skills and knowledge from the radio training. They also further get involved in the station as broadcast assistants, producers and presenters.[5] The aim is to provide transferable skills through providing work experience and volunteering opportunities.

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