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  1. Schedule changes at 5 live

    Tuesday 1 July 2014, 10:20

    Jonathan Wall Jonathan Wall Controller, Radio 5 Live

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    Today I have just shared with the team here at 5 live a major set of schedule changes.

    It is a sad time as, within this, we say goodbye to three of the great stars of 5 live, but it's also an exciting time as we look ahead to the next stage in our life here in Salford.

    We say farewell to Victoria Derbyshire who has an exciting new opportunity with BBC News, details of which will be announced in the next few months. Victoria will stay with us until September and will play a big part in our Commonwealth Games plans. We will miss both her forensic interviewing ability and her award-winning investigative journalism.

    We also say goodbye to Shelagh Fogarty in the autumn. Shelagh is considering a number of exciting new opportunities and leaves us with a fantastic legacy of broadcasting from Lourdes to the House of Lords and from refugee camps in Jordan to the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

    And finally, after creating a new sound for late night radio for us and successfully hosting our afternoon show, our final farewell is to Richard Bacon. Richard also has lots of exciting new opportunities including co-presenting a new prime-time BBC One series with Una Stubbs.

    And so, with these fond farewells...

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  2. 5 live contributor 'Rachel' dies

    Tuesday 10 June 2014, 08:50

    Victoria Derbyshire Victoria Derbyshire Presenter

    We have some very, very sad news to share with you. 'Rachel', our dear friend, a doctor, and an alcoholic in recovery, died several weeks ago. Rachel (not her real name) last appeared on our programme in March. She sounded so well. Before Easter, she began drinking again, briefly, before stopping. Just under 48 hours later, she died in her sleep, on Easter weekend. She was 45 and leaves her partner and her young daughter. Her family understandably wanted time to grieve privately but have now given us permission to let you know of her death.

    Rachel first contacted our programme in February 2011- it was a frank and searing call. She explained that she was about to check into a rehabilitation clinic, that she spent "every waking hour thinking about drinking" and remembered that she’d been drinking heavily for about ten years.

    She sounded so fragile. While on air she quietly asked her partner to bring her a drink; we heard a can of Guinness fizz as it was opened before being slowly poured into a glass. It was a shocking illustration of the nature of addiction but it did so much to educate all of about alcoholism. Our education continued with every appearance Rachel made on our programme...

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  3. 5 live success at the Radio Academy Awards

    Tuesday 13 May 2014, 16:34

    Heidi Dawson Heidi Dawson Editor BBC Radio 5 live

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    The Radio Academy Awards (formerly the Sonys) are probably the biggest night of the year for the radio industry and last night was a big success for 5 live.

    We picked up three gold, one silver and three bronze awards. All the winners are listed below, but I wanted to particularly mention the three gold award winners.

    The Day We Won Wimbledon is as creative a radio programme as you will ever hear – it actually had me in tears. It was produced by Steve Jones from the 5 live Sport team who is our tennis producer. It was a stroke of genius asking John Hurt to narrate the programme, and you must listen to commentator Jonathan Overend’s “Bond-villain” description of Novak Djokovic. Podcast here and here's a taste:

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    Danny Baker has a talent for surprising his audience every Saturday with his brilliantly distinctive programme. The judges describe him as “a personality completely at home on radio, with an ability to use the medium in original and engaging ways." Latest podcast here

    Victoria Derbyshire has a unique ability in the way she interviews guests and she speak to listeners in a way that touches them. Her programme editor Louisa Compton led a very talented production...

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  4. UK has ‘one of the worst’ stillbirth rates in developed world

    Tuesday 13 May 2014, 16:01

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    By Nicole Regan-White whose baby was stillborn

    Our first child, Jessica, was, tragically, stillborn on Christmas Eve at full-term.

    We’d had what was deemed by midwives as a textbook pregnancy, but when we arrived at the hospital during labour we were told that our daughter had died.

    We couldn’t comprehend what was happening, and three days later Jessica arrived at 10:43pm on Christmas Eve weighing 5lbs 10 oz. We were able to spend a precious couple of hours with her. If I hadn’t got to meet Jessica it would have been the biggest regret of my life.

    We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for...

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  5. Shelagh investigates her body clock

    Monday 12 May 2014, 16:32

    Shelagh Fogarty Shelagh Fogarty

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    If you've ever taken a long haul flight, or worked nightshifts, you’ll know that your body clock quickly pays the price. Now scientists and doctors are getting closer to understanding exactly why.

    Human beings have long evolved to accommodate the fact the world turns according to periods of light and darkness, day and night. Our bodies can anticipate, not just react to, that circadian rhythm (circadia means 'about a day'). The body can prepare the immune system to adapt to what is coming. So what's happening when the rhythm goes wrong?

    To find out more I spent four days and nights wearing...

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  6. The big pink

    Monday 12 May 2014, 15:31

    OJ Borg OJ Borg Presenter, 5 live Bespoke

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    Giro in Northern Ireland Over the course of three days in Ireland the 97th Giro d’Italia rolled past many things dyed or painted pink; sheep, horses, pylons, water skiers, windmills and the hairdo of the mayor of Belfast to name a few.

    Now if you are unfamiliar with the Giro, then it’s the first Grand Tour on the racing calendar and this is only the 11th time it has started outside its natural habitat of Italy. First raced in 1909 as a way to boost the sales of the Gazzetta Della Sport, the obsession with pink comes from the colour of the aforementioned paper and has stuck ever since. Thus the person with the...

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  7. Trying to give up sugar for a week

    Friday 2 May 2014, 17:53

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    By reporter Jo Black


    It was as I was rummaging round the back of my kitchen cupboards for a tub of glacé cherries, I realised I was struggling with this experiment.

    This was day four of the 'Reduce Your Sugar' challenge and I was desperate for a sweet kick. I don't even like glacé cherries on their own but I didn't have anything else in. As I checked the label for the sugar content I noticed they were out of date so they were promptly binned. The label had said 66.4 grams in every 100 grams but I had no idea what was natural sugar or what had been added. At the same time I was too hungry...

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  8. Poor broadband affecting small business development

    Friday 25 April 2014, 15:53

    David Lewis David Lewis Producer 5 live

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    Poor broadband connection is the main barrier to growth for one in seven small companies, a survey has found.

    The Federation of Small Businesses asked over 8,500 member firms what they believed were obstacles to them expanding. 14% identified poor connectivity with the internet.

    One technology company told 5 live Investigates that its customers in India have a better broadband hook up than they do in Buckinghamshire. Another Devon based business said it would like to talk with customers using Skype, but the connection is too slow.

    The National Audit Office said £1.2bn of public money is being used to subsidise the cost of broadband rollout across the UK, particularly in rural areas.

    The Government’s priority is for everyone to have access to at least 2Mbps broadband by the end of 2017, but the aim is for 95% of the population to get a much better service of super-fast broadband at 24 Mbps or more.

    Some companies are complaining there’s not enough information about who will be left with the 2Mbps service and who will get the superfast service.

    Are you a small business affected by slow broadband?

    5 live Investigates Sunday 27 at 11am or listen again

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  9. What are your experiences of everyday sexism?

    Monday 7 April 2014, 11:02

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    By broadcast journalist Chris Hemmings

    Here’s a scenario: A teenage girl is walking down the street when a car, full of men, slows to match her pace. They wolf-whistle, pass comment on the size of her breasts and drive off, laughing throughout at the extent of their hilarity. Harmless fun, some would say. But not everyone sees it this way.

    Laura Bates has found this is a common form of discrimination, along with experiences of sexism in the workplace. She is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and now has 60,000+ entries and 130,000 Twitter followers who, it’s been said, are at...

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  10. Radio 5 live celebrates 20 years

    Friday 28 March 2014, 15:37

    Jonathan Wall Jonathan Wall Controller, Radio 5 Live

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    BBC Radio 5 live and I go back a long way. It was my route into radio. My earliest radio memories are listening to the football scores with my Dad during Radio Sport on Radio 2 back in 1979. Fifteen years later - a postgrad journalism student at Falmouth College - I was listening to the 5 live launch day. I was desperate to get a job in the media and looking back now I think listening to the launch must have helped me to eventually get into the trade, because it happened only a few months later: as a sports and news broadcast journalist in local radio at Radio Humberside. Jane Garvey presents 5...

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