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Aston graduate makes radio history

Charmaine Burton

10 February 2015

An Aston University graduate has made history on her community radio show by interviewing all three political leaders of Birmingham City Council.


Charmaine Burton secured the exclusive interviews on her weekly politics and current affairs show, ‘Different Anglez’, where she grilled council leader and leader of the Labour group Councillor Sir Albert Bore, Conservative group leader Councillor Bobby Alden, and Councillor Paul Tilsley, Liberal Democrats group leader.

The councillors discussed the key issues in Birmingham over the past year, such as the Trojan Horse investigation into city schools. They also addressed recent criticisms of Birmingham City Council.

Charmaine’s show airs every Thursday from 10am - 12 noon on NewStyle Radio, an African Caribbean radio station based in Winson Green. She has been producing and presenting the show for two years. Developing her own content for each broadcast, she has secured a range of high-profile guests talking across a range of themes.

She aims to create a platform for dialogue between senior politics, influencers in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands, empowering communities and individuals to have their say and be heard in the political arena.   

Charmaine said: “The aim of my show is to give the community access to people that make decisions on their behalf, so I was delighted that all three leaders accepted my invitation for a debate live on air. I’m told it’s the first time in the West Midlands that a community radio station has achieved this.”

Charmaine’s passion for politics began during her time at Aston, where she obtained a BSc Society and Government. She undertook her placement year spending time at Westminster, working with Conservative MP Caroline Spelman.

She continued: “My placement year was fascinating because I was able to see the people behind their political roles. It made me realise the importance of making it possible for the community to access all those involved in politics whether they are local councillors or MPs.”

Looking to the future, Charmaine would like to build on the success of her show: “I am currently working on finding investment to move what I’m currently doing on my show to another level. I have lots of ideas and plans; I just need the backing for them. I eventually hope to get into mainstream media as a serious political commentator either on radio or TV – I’d love my own show!”

Tune into Different Anglez from 10am - 12 noon every Wednesday on NewStyle Radio, 98.7 FM. Charmaine will also be facilitating The Aston Debates 2015.

For further media information, please contact Jaime Davies, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4377 or j.davies@aston.ac.uk.