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  1. Should we be worried about Icelandic volcano?

    Thursday 21 August 2014, 11:22

    Simon King Simon King Broadcast Meteorologist

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    • The Icelandic Met Office have recorded an increase in earthquake activity around the Bardarbunga volcano over the last few days – the countries second largest volcano, which last which last erupted in 1903. About 300 earthquakes had been detected in the area since midnight on Tuesday.

     

    • Iceland's authorities have evacuated an area close to the country's Bardarbunga volcano over fears it could erupt. The area, which is more than 300km (190 miles) from the capital Reykjavik, has no permanent residents but sits within a national park popular with tourists.

     

    • On Monday the Icelandic Met Office upgraded the colour code used by the International Civil Aviation Organisation on the status of volcanos to Orange. This means the volcano is showing ‘heightened or escalating unrest with increase potential of eruption’.

     

    • While seismic activity has increased, the current evidence does not suggest an imminent eruption but the situation is being monitored very closely.

     

    • IF Bardarbungo does erupt, what happens next then depends on; the concentration of ash, how high the ash travels and crucially for us in the UK; the prevailing weather conditions.

     

    • Being an Island made up of 87 different...

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  2. A glorious Scottish summer

    Friday 15 August 2014, 09:39

    James Shaw James Shaw

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    What a summer it has been in Scotland - like no other that I can remember over the last 20 years. It started with the Commonwealth Games in July. It will end with the Scottish Independence Referendum in September.

    And when it's all over, we'll look back and realise that we've seen and witnessed things that have never happened before in Scotland, and might never happen again.

    So we set out from Glasgow last Monday - that's me and 5 live producer Helen Thomas - with the idea of capturing as many of the sights and sounds of this unique Scottish summer as we could. We wanted to talk to as many people as possible to find out what it all means to them.

    There aren't many places in the world where I'd rather eat a tea cake than the Ritz Cafe on the island of Cumbrae. I don't know if the Formica table tops, jukebox and faded beach postcards actually date from the fifties, but it certainly looks like it.

    A father doing the ten mile bike circuit round the island told us he'd be voting yes in the referendum. He said Scotland was a wealthy nation full of great natural resources and it made sense to break away. His daughter didn't know what she thought. But then, she was only five. People in...

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  3. A summer of sport, news and remembrance

    Tuesday 15 July 2014, 15:00

    Jonathan Wall Jonathan Wall Controller, Radio 5 Live

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    It’s been a very busy period on-air at BBC Radio 5 live with both the World Cup and Wimbledon. We are now putting the finishing touches to our plans for the Commonwealth Games, which starts on Wednesday 23 July with the opening ceremony. Then, the day after the closing ceremony there will be a poignant change of focus across Britain, as Monday 4 August is the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. More detail to follow below about our planned coverage. We also have the Open Golf Championship this week and the first ever BBC Sport Prom this weekend.

    Presenter changes

    It’s also been a very busy time for 5 live off-air. As you may have read, we will be losing three of our much loved presenters this autumn, and will have a new daytime schedule as a result of that. This presents a big challenge for us. Victoria Derbyshire, Shelagh Fogarty and Richard Bacon have the small matter of over 40 years presenting experience on 5 live between them.

    All three, over the last few months, have chosen that this year is the right time to move on to new ventures in their careers. To re-iterate, no-one was ‘axed’ as some suggested when the announcement was made, it was their own choice, so...

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  4. Mike Ingham calls time

    Friday 11 July 2014, 14:54

    Richard Burgess Richard Burgess Head of Sports News and Radio Sport

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    Sunday’s World Cup final will mark the end of Mike Ingham’s distinguished career as BBC radio’s chief football correspondent.

    It is fitting that Mike is calling time after a World Cup full of incident, shocks and stories; and I know his commentary on the final will once again live up to the occasion.

    Mike joined the BBC more than 40 years ago, starting at BBC Radio Derby, and he took over as football correspondent from Bryon Butler in 1991.

    Since then, he has set the standard in authoritative and intelligent football analysis, while his commentary partnership with Alan Green has become legendary...

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  5. 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...

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  6. 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-...

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  7. 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...

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

    Tuesday 13 May 2014, 16:01

     BBC Radio 5 live BBC Radio 5 live

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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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  9. 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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  10. 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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