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Jonathan Wall Jonathan Wall | 15:13 UK time, Thursday, 12 August 2010

Adrian Goldberg

Adrian Goldberg, who'll present a weekly programme of investigative journalism

I've got two new presenters to tell you about. They'll form part of our new weekend evenings schedule which starts on September 4/5.

First, the new Sunday evening news investigations programme will be hosted by Adrian Goldberg.

Adrian is a former Watchdog reporter and has done a lot of live radio presenting.

The production team tried some very talented people out, and the result is that both they, and we, think Adrian is best placed to bring the stories alive and to deliver something stronger and more distinctive for us on a Sunday night.

Adrian Goldberg says: "This is a great opportunity, and I'm delighted to be working on the show. I've already been involved with the team on a couple of stories and want to help develop a programme with real cutting edge, where we'll take up listeners' campaigns and make the authorities sit up and take notice."

The Sunday night line-up will be:

7pm: Pienaar's Politics - 5 live's Chief Political Correspondent brings you big interviews, the main stories and the latest gossip from Westminster.

JP'll also be presenting the programme live from all the major party conferences in Sept/Oct.

8pm: On The Money - our new weekly business show hosted by Declan Curry.

Declan will lead lively analysis of the big business stories, and also discuss the issues affecting companies of all sizes in the UK.

On the Money will take a fresh and accessible approach to the world of business, feature interviews with leading figures from the financial world, and give the inside track on boardroom dramas.

It will also get out and about to meet the people running Britain's businesses, and share tips on how to succeed in the workplace.

9pm 5 live Investigates with Adrian Goldberg.

On Saturdays, we'll have a new programme running from 8-10pm, in between 606 and the Stephen Nolan show.

The programme will cover the day's main news stories, and will look at the biggest and quirkiest stories on the web each week with podcasters Olly Mann and Helen Zaltzman, who'll also bring you the latest technology news.

It will also feature some of the best moments from 5 live over the last week.

Chris Warburton will host this show.

He's one of our senior news producers, and was a 5 live reporter at the World Cup in South Africa.

He's also been at BBC Radio Swindon for much of the last year and a half presenting their breakfast show.

I'm delighted we have been able to give this opportunity to someone who's worked very hard over the last 18 months to develop his presenting and interviewing skills.

Chris says: "I'm really looking forward to hosting the new Saturday evening programme. I've been part of 5live for many years and I'm passionate about what we do. I hope this new show will be a lot of fun, whilst still covering the main news stories of the day."

Hopefully the overall blend of our programmes and presenters on weekend evenings will make our schedule stand out.

On Saturdays, we'll bring you, among other things, technology news, motoring, and the pick of online stories from across the world.

On Sundays, We have those specialist programmes on business and politics, with Adrian Goldberg driving some investigative and consumer journalism.

Jonathan Wall is BBC Radio 5 live's Commissioning Editor


  • Comment number 1.

    I’m surprised you didn’t manage to fit in some more Bacon, I don’t think there is quite enough of him on Five Live ;-)

    Though I like the sound of the new Sunday line up and it is good to see Adrian Goldberg moving to Five Live.

    Though I hope the new Saturday evening show is not going to be more Twitter and text rubbish.

  • Comment number 2.

    Dom - you are right to express your concern over 'Twitter and text rubbish'. These odious forms of communication are the bedrock of Five Live's output and are rapidly spreading throughout the other areas of BBC. With a few exceptions Radio Two DJ's do nothing but read them out these days and programmes on R4 such as You and Yours are increasingly turning to them. But Five Live is just the worst. It reflects very badly on lazy presentational skills and very lazy or ininspired production.

    When you consider the resources the BBC has at its fingertips (to create interesting and informative programmes) it would be good to have a day of Five Live with no listener input. The likes of Bacon, Derbyshire and Allen would be bereft!

  • Comment number 3.

    Sadly there's no shortage of half-wits who feel compelled to tell us when they last went to the toilet.

  • Comment number 4.

    Listening to Breakfast this morning, I was struck by just how many times Phil and Rachel said the words "Five Live" and how often the words were mentioned in trailers, jingles and so on. Does the station really need to ram its identity down our throats? If I had the time and to be honest, the inclination, I would spend an hour or two and just count them, I am sure the presenters don't really how often they say the words. The other thing constantly repeated is at the end of a sentence about anything , 85058 is mentioned, plus the email address. Two other countable things.

    Jackstumps and Dom are right about the overuse of Twitter and texts over the whole of the radio output but mostly on Five Live. It is such lazy broadcasting and do we really want to hear such trivia on a national station? The planning meetings must be a quick two minutes. "What shall we invite tweets and texts about? Well, we haven't done funny animal stories since the day before yesterday so how about that? Or what about James Milner? No, let's go with the animals as the outreach will be better. OK. Break a leg."

  • Comment number 5.

    The comments on this thread are spot on.

    The tiresome trival tweet and text ins aren't even original. They repeat them so often.

    The logic is clear, snappy soundbites "made for radio". However the application is totally wrong. Soliciting banal comments about trival drivel 24/7 so lazy.

    I think 5Live should read less tweets and soliciated commentary on more significant matters.

    The irony of course is you can't put a sensible point in 140 chars or less very easily. So it's back to the trivia.

    In the old days -- when producers were producers -- they'd read, review and lift the sailient point(s) from emails and deliver punchy vignettes to the talent. Now tweets are self-selecting. They're already cut to size.

    It's incredibly poor.

    I would be good to conduct an audience survey about this. I am sure you would be surprised.

    Of course in true BBC fashion you would hide the results from us so I guess what's the point.

  • Comment number 6.

    Are you sure it's wise to have Pienaar, Curry and Nolan on so close together? I can foresee a fight breaking out over the last sausage roll in the BBC canteen.

  • Comment number 7.

    I see that 5Live is off to the north west again shortly.

    Can someone, anyone, remember the last time (other then the election) the 5Live broadcast anything other then football (and even then I can hardly remember anything) from the south west of England?


  • Comment number 8.

    East Anglia, Wales, South West, South East excluding London, London as a live o/s broadcast (!), N. Ireland. Gone and forgotten.

    As long as Manchester and Newcastle are featured, that will be fine.

  • Comment number 9.

    Carrie, it's an indictment that 5Live, as a _national_ radio station has spent more time broadcasting from Accra, Ghana then south west England this year.

    Yes, East Anglia is another region which doesn't seem to be on the map. Wales too.

    I think Northern Ireland is ably represented by Nolan, who often lazily lifts most of his programme content from Northern Ireland.

  • Comment number 10.

    Hi team

    Just to point out to ryan that Newcastle/Gateshead is actually in the North East of England.

    I'm looking forward to it myself I'm hoping to get tickets to Fighting Talk. Maybe I might see North East Girl there but never know it?

  • Comment number 11.

    I saw the heading and thought great! no more Stephen Nolan.
    How disappointing to learn he's still there I have so enjoyed the truly splendid Frances Finn recently - finally a real talented speech radio presenter covering varying articles.
    Please please can she be made permanent?

    In fact if not in the evenings can she go on breakfast instead and replace the truly poor Shelagh Fogarty as long as she takes Nicky Campbell with her...then I may well tune in to breakfast once more... a while back I couldn't take it anymore & now even though not in London now listen in mornings to another speech station where the presenter can manage the arduous task of presenting and talking to guests and politicians without having to clock in and out on a shift system for a whole 3 hours!!
    fancy that?!
    ....therefore I no longer get anyone interrrupting a conversation unannounced before they are due to start transmitting......

    and while I'm here correct me if i'm wrong but 5live advertises itslelf as a sports station does it not?
    well can someone tell Ian Payne - 3 nights almost consecutively now we've had at least an hour of pointless detailed drivel by armchair experts on Football...this is added to the football coverage earlier in evening of England or some other match in Europe or something....well i listen all night(have radio on ) and it did its job of sending me to sleep anyway....

    Where are all the other sports that need covering?
    We get a few minutes of MotoGP preview on race day by either Steve Parrish or Charlie Cox but it's between 6am to 7am on a Sunday morning......
    We had 5 British riders in first 5 places in World Superbike at Silverstone couple weeks ago but you would never know it even happened listening to 5live....that's my sport but there are countless others that never get a look in.....but then they complain we aren't any good at sport as a nation....not true you have to open your eyes to the wider picture...

    it has to improve....on the bulletin instead of motoGP results last weekend for example or that Rossi was moving to Ducati for example ( a massive story in Europe especially and worldwide as one of the best champions of all time)

    well we got news that someone had been confirmed in cricket team for a match later this week....how about current news results instead of idle speculation and self created news with tenuous soccer links......

    i'm so glad i have internet radio to give me more choice but it's very disappointing |I've had to look elsewhere being the right demographic for 5live.....

  • Comment number 12.

    Adrian Goldberg is a fantastic signing, Jonathan. Well done for bringing him to 5 Live.

    I really enjoyed listening to him during his two year spell on talkSPORT and his new Saturday morning show on BBC WM is also a very good programme.

    This investigative programme sounds interesting, although I hope he eventually gets a bigger role on the station once the move to Salford has taken place.

    I've not listened to much 5 Live recently (the wonderful MLB on 5 Live over on Sports Extra aside - many thanks for bringing back baseball by the way, it is much appreciated), but I shall be coming back to your station to hear Goldie.

    PS. Looks like talkSPORT have finally gotten round to removing Adrian's profile page from their new website since you linked to it on your blog!

  • Comment number 13.

    Tim Samuels is wasted on the Radio Five Live wasteground. I hope his programme survives on another station where a cerebral and magazine type output isn't wasted on "text us if you........." nonsense.

  • Comment number 14.

    Why has Shouty Nolan been interviewing the Labour leadership contenders? It got ridiculous last night that studio time was used to cut together a montage of the contenders speaking to uplifting music bed.

    This airtime is an opportunity to (a) advertise the Labour party (b) kick the government.

    There of course is no balance, no right of reply. Just time to twist the knife.

    Victoria has already had them all on in a well publicised and televised event. Why is Nolan doing it? And you can bet another daytime host will follow suit shortly too. Probably the ever inqusitive Richard Bacon with his well known impartial interviewing technique.

    This internal party election does not warrant the coverage it is getting.

  • Comment number 15.

    I am fed up with all the news. Rigjht. In Llanrwst We want a fun station not a station for bores.

  • Comment number 16.

    I've plenty to say about 5Live. Too much Colin Murray - Friday night, Saturday Morning and ALL Sunday afternoon. The man is an obsequious bore.
    Too much Robbie Savage. The man is as thick as two short planks.
    Too much Alan Green. The man is an arrogant self obsessed know-nothing.
    Too much Richard Bacon. The man is just a joke.
    Too much Stephan Nolan. The man is plain ignorant.
    Too much Danny Baker. The man is a rude bighead.
    Goodness we've even had Chris Evans presenting a golf show!!
    And now too much Ian Payne! How did he worm his way back after taking the Sky dollar? The man is simply embarrassing.
    However there are good points. Peter Allen, John Pienaar, Tony Livesey, Phil Williams, Mark Pougatch, Eleanor Oldroyd Mike Ingham, Cornelius Lysaght and most of the commentators.

  • Comment number 17.

    Brilliant Mike.

  • Comment number 18.

    I used to like Ian Payne during his previous spell at 5 Live but since his return he has changed, all giddy and hyper – maybe that is what is required by the new Five Live?

  • Comment number 19.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 20.

    Pienaar's Politics would be far better in the Wednesday 12-2 slot, built around PMQ. And we wouldn't have to listen to Logan.

  • Comment number 21.

    5Live Investigate is a good programme... maybe next week Goldberg could investigate if Hasit Shah and the 5Live Breakfast bloggers have been abducted by aliens....

  • Comment number 22.

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  • Comment number 23.

    Jackstumps.. sorry I've already defected. If Murray's on I'm gone in 60 seconds..

    Oh and as we know from Jonathan Wall's post he passes over the blog and dismisses us with contempt. Where does he take his soundings then? Does he reach out to the thousands that read the 5Live website every month? Does he invite and listen to feedback via this official forum?

    It's all about Twitter. And his 242 "followers"

    "So do we think the chappers and savage combo is working ok." ... http://twitter.com/wallj10/status/21778066632

    Maybe we could offer him our opinion. And this time everyone can see the response.

  • Comment number 24.

    I have said before that Murray never knows when to stop babbling his own view and let proper journos and guests speak. It really is babble too. Yesterday I posted elsewhere that I thought his throwaway jokes about drinking and gambling were actually irresponsible. Clearly the managers at BBC feel he can do no wrong and he can get away with it, but I am afraid he just doesn't know enough about sport, in enough depth, to be an anchor and I like ryanw switch off as quickly as I can. I was listening to a bit of it yesterday but I retuned and listened to TMS. That has its drawbacks in one of the presenters (Simon Hughes) but at least he isn't on air relentlessly and as much as I and many others dislike him, at least he was a pro cricketer and knows his sport.

  • Comment number 25.

    On the topic of Twitter, I actually think it is wrong that presenters can plug their own Twitter accounts on air then make tweets which do not reflect the 'neutrality' of the BBC.

  • Comment number 26.

    Why put Money presenter Steph Mcgovern on Drive and On The Money she is awful, sounds so dumb not just because of the Middlesbrough accent but mainly because of the very poor quality of her questions in interviews.

  • Comment number 27.

    Have you ever read an interesting tweet? They always show the shallowness of the sender. Look at that one ryanw mentions as an example. All these creative people who tweet, mmmm they are so down amongst the in crowd. And as for sportsmen, well they are not the brightest bunch if you follow the rubbish they are tweeting constantly. You actually see via their tweets that BBC presenters are tweeting whilst broadcasting, it begs the question how they can get away with doing two things at once badly. I also agree with Dom.

  • Comment number 28.

    Re 26 it's 5live's attempt to represent all parts of the UK in it's public face. So through positive discrimination what we get is a disproportionate representation. On the basis of population only 3% of presenters should come from Northern Ireland.

  • Comment number 29.

    3%? That would mean Colin Murray's little finger then. So he is still on Gabby's programme. I avoid it anyway so it's over to You and Yours, which I listen to more and more. By the way, Christian O'Connell is sitting in for Bacon, is he really away for two weeks?

    Vicky's show is getting better and better in my opinion.

  • Comment number 30.

    Nolan will be cosying up to his Labour pals again this evening. Despite the BBC's best efforts the wrong Miliband won.

  • Comment number 31.

    Why doesn't 5Live Investigates have a blog entry each week? It's an excellent programme.

    Why is the 5Live breakfast blog STILL in a menu item despite no posts in 6 weeks?

  • Comment number 32.

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  • Comment number 33.

    "Should Colin Murray be sacked?" has to be the subject of tonight's phone-in on Nolan.
    It's what we're all talking about.


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