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BBC's teen brand Switch launches new content

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MUMBAI: BBC's teen brand BBC Switch has announced a raft of new content aimed at 12 to 17-year-olds, across TV and online at bbc.co.uk/switch.

The first programme to launch in late March/early April on BBC Two will be The Surgery. The remaining content will launch on BBC Two in May.

New teen talk show The Surgery will be a series of 15-minute programmes linked to BBC Radio 1's The Surgery, giving British teenagers a voice. The show, hosted by new signing Jeff Leach, will deal with an assortment of topical issues facing teens such as dating, family, social networking, ASBOs, fashion, drinking and drugs, body image, celebs, politics and more.

Each week, Jeff will have an open and challenging discussion with the teen studio audience, with weekly contributions from teens across the UK. The Surgery will also have a dedicated section on bbc.co.uk/switch, which offers expert advice and practical information.

Class of 2008 is an observational documentary series that follows six up-and-coming young talented people in London on their creative journeys as they strive to establish themselves as successes in their fields of fashion, music, design, acting, DJing and entrepreneurship.

The eight-episode series will follow the group and their ups and downs as they try to land record deals, modelling contracts, acting roles, show fashion collections and launch club nights.

Revealed will be a journalism series of current affairs programmes that give an authentic depiction of the teenage world in the UK today. The show, presented by young journalists Charlotte Ashton and Anthony Baxter, will inform and lead viewers on a journey to make sense of a variety of subjects such as teen alienation, gangs, family life, sex, school and more.

Kyle XY is a teen drama from the US which will air for the first time on UK terrestrial TV. The show tells the story of a unique teenage boy Kyle, played by Matt Dallas, who has a mysterious past and the family that takes him in.

Launched in October 2007, BBC Switch is the BBC's teen service delivering content to 12 to 17-year-olds across multiple platforms, TV, Radio 1 and online.

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