The 5 live blog
BBC Radio 5 live's head of news
Written by 5 live's head of news Stephen Mawhinney
I have a guilty secret: I love elections. I’m also aware, however, that some 5 live listeners do not share my enthusiasm. They let us know about their disaffection with politicians and the political process often and loudly. That means the challenge of covering the election campaign in a way that will engage and inform all of our listeners is tougher than ever but all the more important for that. In the next few weeks we will be doing our best to rise to the challenge.
At the last election in 2010 I was the BBC’s Editor of Political News, cocooned in Westminster. It gave me a rare insight into how politics works (or doesn’t) but also reaffirmed my strong conviction that general elections are not about SW1 but about the villages,...
Arts and Entertainment correspondent
On March 2nd 2014 Russia moved troops into the Ukraine. The following day I was the subject of the editorial in the Daily Telegraph. The reason? At The Oscars I had shouted “Bono”. A lot.
I was reporting for BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast from the red carpet at Vanity Fair’s post Oscars Party (something I’ll be doing again this Monday). We had already spoken live with everyone from John Travolta to Sir Alex Ferguson, when Radio 4 asked if they could borrow me for five minutes.
Suddenly I was on the Today Programme giving my analysis of the night. Then the lead singer of U2 arrived.
On BBC Radio 5 live we are used to a bit of shouting. Less so on Radio 4. I informed listeners that Bono was walking by and proceeded to try and call him over. And again. And again. And again.
Now in my defence, after the first couple I did acknowledge on air that this was not traditional Radio 4 behaviour. I also thought it was pretty funny, so kept going. And going.
According to the Daily Telegraph “24 hours later many listeners’ toes remain stubbornly uncurled”. The Guardian went for “BBC man does a Partridge,” referencing the classic “Dan! Dan! Dan!” scene.
That had instantly come to my mind as well and...
Ball by ball commentary, online updates and news reports on all 49 matches played over six weeks in 14 venues across five different time zones: our coverage of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup is undoubtedly the most ambitious we have ever mounted.
Venues stretch from Perth in Western Australia down to Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand, over 3,000 miles apart.
We are able to bring you this complete coverage of the World Cup through a partnership with ABC Radio in Australia and Radio Sport in New Zealand. It means that we will be covering every ball of the competition for the very first time and servicing all of the BBC’s sports news outlets, despite sending half as many people (24) than we did to cover the 2011 World Cup.
Our team will be providing coverage for BBC Test Match Special, BBC 5 Radio live, BBC TV News, BBC online, BBC Asian Network, BBC World including the language services, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4 plus BBC Scotland, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local...
BBC disability correspondent
For many disabled people who can’t walk it’s not the most important thing. What’s important is being able to work, to socialize, to live independently. I’ve never walked well but I did, up until I started to fall over more than I stood up.
Until the age of 25 I was flying solo, walking unaided, not so much unaided towards the end. For over 10 years I’ve mostly got around using my mobility...
BBC Radio 5 live
By Rob Procter, Professor of Social Informatics at Warwick University and Alex Voss, Lecturer in Software Engineering, University of St Andrews
The use of social media has grown at an astonishing rate over the past decade. Daily, Twitter users now post 500 million tweets, Facebook users communicate over 120 million messages and YouTube users upload 140,000 hours of video. This all adds up to a...
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By Tim Levell, editor of the evening and overnight programmes on 5 live
Four hundred and nine years ago a plot to blow up Parliament, kill James I and overturn the existing political regime was thwarted in the early hours of the morning of 5 November.
A search party found Guy Fawkes hiding in an undercroft beneath the House of Lords, together with a number of barrels of gunpowder and several slow matches. One of the biggest threats to British democracy in the nation’s history had been averted.
In 2014, after Scotland rejected independence, the Prime Minister David Cameron stood outside...
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by Adam Brimelow, Health and Science correspondent
I spend a lot of time reporting on the devastating impact of problems such as obesity, smoking and excessive drinking. By comparison the threat posed by inactivity gets a lot less airtime, even though it leads to millions of deaths around the world every year from heart disease, cancer and diabetes*.
It's been called the ‘Inactivity...
Producer 5 live
Former Culture Secretary Maria Miller said sexting is an ‘epidemic’ which is on the increase and is spreading to primary schools.
“It’s now frankly something that children accept as part of their everyday life right from primary school age and all the research shows it’s a growing trend,” said Mrs Miller.
The MP also said more has to be done to help young people understand the...
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Simon Green is a 38-year-old wheelchair user from Bridgend. He explains why he feels disabled people are being failed by the justice system.
While the tragic deaths of people like Steven Simpson from Barnsley make the news and the very nasty incidents of bullying, verbal abuse and physical attacks can often be investigated, it is low level incidents that affect people more often.
I was born with...