The advert for the job of Controller of Radio 4 is due to appear over the next few days. It's an important role - the network makes a significant contribution to the news agenda and cultural life of the nation. Like millions of listeners, Radio 4 has been part of my life for many years. When my family lived in the USA, one of my abiding memories is of evenings in deepest Connecticut listening via the internet to Today, the News Quiz or In Our Time. I realised that while I liked much of my US life, I would ultimately want to go home to the country where Radio 4 is a constant companion.

One of the outstanding characteristics of Radio 4 under Mark Damazer's leadership has been its capacity to sustain a buoyant audience without compromising the quality of its programmes. Great creative leaders like Mark have never been lured into choices between popularity and the intellectual high ground. The impressive performance of Radio 4 shows that there is a healthy appetite for intelligent speech radio: pushing our understanding of a wide range of topics, stimulating our curiosity through in-depth analysis and engaging us through passionate exploration. The recent series A History of the World in 100 Objects was not only a landmark set of popular broadcasts but has already chalked up over 2 million podcast downloads worldwide.

It is crucial that the next controller of Radio 4 continues to make brave decisions and adopts an innovative approach to programming. We will be advertising the Controller's job over the next few days and I am sure that we will have a strong list of people interested in taking up this exciting challenge.

Tim Davie is Director of Audio & Music at the BBC

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by Tramp

    on 23 May 2010 11:47

    It's very important that the new controller of Radio 4 knows something about radio and is not, for instance, a jumped-up advertiser who knows nothing about creating original and distinctive content. The BBC tends to employ too many executives who are incompetent at their jobs and who have forgotten what the role of the BBC should actually be - not surprising since some of them do not have any experience of broadcasting or content and would be better suited to going back to their commercial backgrounds and selling fizzy drinks.

    It's also interesting that the blog post mentions the increase in listening for Radio 4 but says nothing about the doubling of listening share at 6music. Is there any particular reason for this?

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by Richard West

    on 13 May 2010 23:37

    How about Graham Norton for Radio 4 controller?

    Seems to be where the BBC is at right now.

    By the way, save 6Music - you were so, so wrong - can't wait to hear the number of complaints from the BBC Trust!

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by Laura Editor

    on 11 May 2010 07:50

    Hi Dennis,
    thanks for letting us know.
    Please try this link: BBC Jobs website
    Laura.

  • Comment number 19. Posted by dennisjunior1

    on 11 May 2010 02:19

    Bridget:

    Just to inform you! The URL for the Radio 4 Controller seems not to be working....

    (d)

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by Bridget Middleton

    on 2 May 2010 10:42

    Hello,

    The ad for the new Radio 4 controller has been published today in The Sunday Times. It will be in The Guardian on Tuesday.

    You will also find it on the https://jobs.bbc.co.uk/fe/tpl_bbc01.asp?s=KtVsYDaNlCOtQqCli&jobid=33238,4034348740&key=26751876&c=525983581534&pagestamp=sekofjecnycoqclkmw">BBC Jobs website.

  • Comment number 17. Posted by Hyperstar

    on 1 May 2010 17:09

    Make sure this new person has a blog

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by _marko

    on 1 May 2010 08:49

    Will the job description for the new Controller position include a requirement to blog?

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by woodnorton

    on 30 Apr 2010 19:52

    When interviewed about his departure on Radio 4's Today, Mark Damazer said words to the effect that when people start looking at audience figures and use that as the measure of success of a station, they are missing the point. I hope Mr Davie will ensure that anyone appointed as Controller R4 will remember that and take chances, broadcast things which are challenging, that you won't hear anywhere else, and educate, inform and entertain.

    I would also hope that when the time comes, the BBC looks to its roots, and advertise for a new Director of Radio, a post held by such great broadcasting names as Frank Gillard, Ian Trethown, David Hatch, Liz Forgan, Matthew Bannister and Jenny Abramsky. "Director of Audio and Music" sounds a dumbed down position (or knowing the corporations love of acronyms, perhaps a DAMned position. I would also hope that any future incumbent also allows for challenging unique broadcasting, whether it be the wonderful aural mix on R4, or brilliant music on 6.

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by d travis

    on 30 Apr 2010 19:15

    i'll do the bosses job and even tho people like it i'll come in and then close it down (radio4) even tho it is popular,does not matter and i'll also give reasons that make no sense and then i'll spent loads of taxpayers money on silly things,also i'll ignore the people that pay my wages,laugh at them and then quaff champange with my cronies ie the thompson twins and andy pastitt(r1 "boss") so when do i start?

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by Andy Parsnip

    on 30 Apr 2010 17:52

    Hi Tim, I've posted my CV to you today. I'm looking for 400k pa, a lear jet (so I don't have to come into contact with those TV licence holders) and my own expense account with no questions asked.
    I've never listened to 4music and I've never worked in radio, but I did used to drive a truck for Panda Cola Plc. So in someways this is a natural progression.
    Please don't give the job to Aaron Lentil, he ran over my cat, twice.

    Taxi!

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