News: March 2012
3 Rs: Rare, Raph, Radio 4

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Rare’s Managing Director interviewed on BBC Radio 4.

Raphael Mokades, Rare’s Founder and Managing Director, was a guest on BBC Radio 4’s afternoon magazine programme on Wednesday 14th March.

PM, an afternoon news and current affairs programme that reports on breaking stories and the day's top headlines, invited Raph to speak about the particular challenges facing young black people securing employment.

The interview, conducted by the programme’s alternate host, Carolyn Quinn, aired to a potential audience of 3.75 million listeners.

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The background

Figures that appeared in a Diane Abbott MP op-ed piece in The Guardian on Monday 5th March sparked a furore as they claimed that unemployment among young black people (aged 16-24) stood at 44% and was over twice the rate of white counterparts.

With certain quarters of the media disputing the figures, chiefly Channel 4 FactCheck, an updated news story appeared on the front page of The Guardian on Saturday 10th March, seeming to corroborate the revised figures that appeared in the Channel 4 blog, and sparking yet another media flurry.

The aftermath of this front page story even prompted Tottenham MP and Rare Rising Stars judge, David Lammy, to add his voice to the debate by writing a conciliatory opinion piece in the The Evening Standard on Monday 12th March.

The issue of new unemployment figures by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) on Tuesday 14th March reignited the debate once more and precipitated the interview with Rare on BBC Radio 4.

Keywords: Raphael Mokades, PM Programme, Carolyn Quinn, BBC, Radio 4, Today Programme, BME, minority, ethnic unemployment, black, employment, young, youth prospects, ONS
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