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BBC Free Speech on the London Olympics

IDEA London goes backstage to tonight's BBC Free Speech, a live debate show broadcast by BBC Three and hosted by Jake Humphrey. Tonight's episode focuses on the London Olympics and what young people really think about it.

Follow @idebate@BBCFreeSpeech and #FreeSpeech on Twitter or our staffers Giovanna and Manos who will be there live tweeting from the show. You can watch the show on BBC Three or online at bbc.co.uk tonight at 20:00 British Time.
 
In the meanwhile, you can read the BBC's description of the show and watch a short clip on whether the Olympics are worth it or not!
 
BBC Three's fully interactive, live debate show takes on the Olympics.
 
From the heart of the East End of London, presenter Jake Humphrey finds out what young people really think. Has the enormous spend reaped economic benefits for under 30s or has the budget been blown on a glorified sports event? Who are the real winners - local people or big business? A nationwide poll reveals how young people feel about the Olympics and whether or not it has benefitted them. Plus, audience and panel tackle the very latest stories that are firing up viewers.
 
Free Speech involves the audience from beginning to end - from the stories they want on the agenda to showing whether they agree or disagree with the panellists' opinions via the power bar. Responses and updates from viewers will be displayed throughout the show, with hashtags that reveal how panellists are being rated live by people at home.
 
On the panel, local Labour MP Rushanara Ali and skills minister John Hayes MP go head to head. Free Speech's social media jockey will be the audience's voice, reading web responses and online comments.

The Games have grown in scale

The Games have grown in scale to the point that nearly every nation is represented. Such growth has created numerous challenges, including boycotts, doping, bribery, and terrorism. Every two years, the Olympics and its media exposure provide unknown athletes with the chance to attain national, and sometimes international fame.

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