Change Makers: Ella Webb’s radio show makes news interesting for UK kids
WONKedition's interview series Change Makers showcases Gen Z stars taking action to change the world.
Who are you?
My name is Ella Webb and I am a 14 year old Year 10 student in Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom. I believe I might be the youngest radio presenter in the United Kingdom with my own regular show!
What’s Worldwide Webb?
Worldwide Webb is the name of the radio show that I present on my local community radio station Phoenix FM. My show broadcasts every Wednesday from 6-7pm and I talk about some of the stories being reported in the news and featured in The Week Junior magazine that week. I usually report on the main story of the week as well as some of the smaller and more fun stories. I am trying to make news interesting for a younger audience and keep it fun at the same time. I organise the whole show myself. I choose the stories, I choose the music and I push all the buttons to make everything happen. I am also running phone-in interviews and I am always on the look out for guests to invite onto the show to be interviewed. I am hoping to attract some celebrities on soon!
Why did you start Worldwide Webb?
I started the show in January 2020 to fulfil the Broadcasting part of my Duke of Edinburgh Award. My Dad has been a guest on another show on Phoenix FM and he asked the Chairman if there might be an opportunity for me to host a show. I couldn’t believe it when they offered me my own show! I was only due to do it for 3 months but I am still doing it 11 months later. I have continued to do it every week throughout the COVID lockdown and I will keep doing it for as long as I can. I think it is important to make the news available to younger people and I am really grateful to the radio station for the opportunity to host my own show.
Where do you see yourself and Worldwide Webb one year from now?
I would love to still be broadcasting my show in a year from now. Whether I can might depend on whether I can do it and still concentrate on my school work as I get closer to doing my exams. It would be amazing if I can keep doing the show and start attracting some famous people to interview. Through Twitter I am asking lots of well known people for interviews on the basis that if you don’t ask you don’t get! Hopefully some will say yes soon!
Listen to Worldwide Webb on PhoenixFM.
And check out previous interviews with more Generation Z stars taking action to change the world: Change Makers.