BBC Radio announce energy day 23rd August, 2013 Daniel Birkett
BBC Radio is planning an energy day which will see 12 hours of radio powered using on-site renewable energy.
BBC Radio 5Live will power an entire day’s broadcast using only renewable energy sources which will include; wind, solar, hydropower, biofuel and kinetic energy. The station is the BBC’s main news and sports station and the ‘energy day’ will be broadcast from a custom made, low energy studio in Manchester.
Jonathan Wall, the station’s controller came up with the idea of the energy day in attempt to raise awareness about the UK’s increasing energy concerns and climate targets.
Wall explained: “Energy Day is an innovative and unique way to look at a national news story. Radio 5 live will be bringing the debate to audiences and offering them the chance to put their questions to those that matter in the world of energy. Powering a studio purely on renewable energy is a risk for the station but will make for exciting radio nonetheless.”
Ed Davey, the UK’s energy minister is expected to take part in a phone-in during Nicky Campbell’s Breakfast show and Richard Bacon’s afternoon show will be powered using kinetic energy, generated by a cycling team led by former Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman. Kinetic energy will also be generated throughout the day from equipment such as a giant, human hamster wheel, see-saws and exercise bikes. The station’s canteen will also provide chip fat as biofuel to be used in a specially designed energy grid.
There is an increasing amount of pressure being put on the UK government as almost 20% of the UK’s current power capacity is to be shut down by 2020 meaning alternative energy sources need to be established. The energy day will hopefully make more people aware of the current situation and showcase various sustainable energy sources.