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Guardian columnist opens up on student TV show

26th March 2015

Paloma Faith?s warm-up man, Guardian columnist, social commentator and activist, Owen Jones, shared his views with students when he appeared as a studio guest this week on Barking & Dagenham College?s student-run live TV station, #TheChannel.

The show, which was broadcast live on YouTube saw Owen talk about a range of social issues.


He discussed everything from the divide-and-rule approach of those in power to zero hours contracts which force people to work for their poverty, the stop and search policies and the importance of hope. Throughout the interview, ‘get motivated’ was Owen’s main message. He urged young people to use social media channels to get their voices heard, saying: “Don’t feel intimidated, stand up for your beliefs.”

On stage with Paloma Faith

A student Q&A session followed the show and when asked about his role as a warm-up act at concerts for the politically active pop-star, Paloma Faith, Owen added:

“I wanted to reach out to people beyond those who already watch current affairs programmes.”

In the audience was student Katie Shaw, 17, from Dagenham, who is studying for a BTEC Diploma in TV and Video Production.

Katie commented:

“Owen’s interview was really positive and shows that there are people who have influence and who are prepared to listen to the views of those lower down the social scale. It’s really motivated me to read his books.”

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View Owen's interview via our You Tube channel.

Live from the studio

#TheChannel broadcasts an hour-long weekly TV show on YouTube on Barking & Dagenham College’s YouTube channel every Tuesday Wednesday & Thursday between 11.00 - 3pm time.

The College’s TV and Video production students work as the production crew, from camera, vision mixer, sound engineers, floor managers and edit producers.

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