A revised focus for the 5 live blog
Photo: Liverpool John Moores University
The eagle-eyed among of you may have noticed that the description of this blog in the right-hand column has changed slightly.
As well as announcements about 5 live there are now more entries here about specific programmes, for example Richard Bacon's broadcasts from Edinburgh or Shelagh Fogarty's post about this morning's Breakfast from a school in East London.
While you can still expect contributions from 5 live's controller Adrian Van Klaveren and the management team I wanted to make it clearer that the blog has a broader remit than that. In short the blog should embody the spirit and tone of 5 live and be a place where listeners can engage with the people who work here.
Since I started as Interactive Editor at 5 live two weeks ago I've read a lot of the comments on this blog. I appreciate that it's frustrating when comments aren't acknowledged, questions not answered and people who you've got used to seeing writing posts disappear after a while. I can't guarantee that I'll meet all your expectations but I will endeavour to make sure no one is left in the lurch from now on.
That said the tone of some comments here can be uncivil and I don't think it's fair to expect BBC staff to spend their time responding to impolite remarks. It's inevitable that not everything on 5 live will appeal to every listener but the blog is not a constructive place to air repetitive grievances about our output. I'm not saying we aren't open to criticism, especially when it's measured and well argued, but I do genuinely think that the majority of people who read this blog regularly are put off commenting when they see a lot of negative or particularly aggressive comments.
I hope you appreciate our effort to reinvigorate the blog and I'd welcome your suggestions on how you think we can best use it.
Nigel Smith is the Interactive Editor at 5 live