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  1. Roger Bolton talks to Kirsty Young about Desert Island Discs

    Friday 30 July 2010, 14:55

    Roger Bolton Roger Bolton

    Kirsty Young in the studio

    Editor's note: this week's item from Feedback, Radio 4's accountability programme, is an interview with Kirsty Young, presenter of one of Radio 4's best-loved programmes: Desert Island Discs.

    In the days of Roy Plomley the production of Desert Island Discs was a relaxed, some would say civilised,...

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  2. Roger Bolton talks to Steve Herrmann about the redesigned news homepage

    Friday 23 July 2010, 14:55

    Roger Bolton Roger Bolton

    BBC News homepage

    Editor's note: this week's item from Feedback, Radio 4's accountability programme, concerns the redesign of one of the BBC's biggest web sites - SB.

    Most of the comments - OK, complaints - we get on Feedback are about programmes (and of course trails, and grammar and pronunciation and presenters like...

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  3. Ballads from the Old Bailey

    Thursday 22 July 2010, 14:34

    Elizabeth Burke Elizabeth Burke

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    If only we could hear voices from the past: the other couples whispering in our bedroom, the other children shouting up the stairs. As a radio producer I often think about what the past sounded like. That's why I was excited when I realised there is a way of hearing those voices: the records of criminal...

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  4. Roger Bolton on the London Season

    Friday 16 July 2010, 14:55

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

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    If Dr Johnson was right in saying that "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life", then a lot of Feedback listeners are pretty exhausted. The cause is the two week London Season which has just finished on Radio 4. Let me give you a flavour of the reaction of some out of London listeners.

    "This...

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  5. Bringing the voices of the Old Bailey to life

    Thursday 15 July 2010, 16:45

    Amanda Vickery Amanda Vickery Presenter

    Scene from the Old Bailey, eighteenth Century

    The job of the historian is to make the long dead speak again - we take dusty, unpromising documents and breathe life back into the faded hand-writing. It can be a magical craft, akin to necromancy - trying to communicate with the spirits of the dead. Scribbled love letters, desperate diaries, accounts...

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  6. Radio 4 will be in terrific hands

    Thursday 15 July 2010, 14:30

    Mark Damazer Mark Damazer

    Mark Damazer on his Blackberry

    I have known Gwyneth Williams for nearly 15 years - as a marvellous programme maker and editor and Head of Radio Current Affairs. She is full of flair - brimming with ideas of her own while encouraging others to bring their own best ideas to the table. She has an inherent elegance and a steely persistence...

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  7. A new Controller for Radio 4

    Thursday 15 July 2010, 13:00

    Tim Davie Tim Davie Director of Audio & Music

    Gwyneth Williams, new Controller of BBC Radio 4

    Over the past two months I've been searching for a new Controller for Radio 4 and Radio 7. This is no simple task; Radio 4 is a unique cultural institution with a passionate audience and incredibly talented staff. Leading it is a huge honour. As I wrote here at the start of the process, Mark Damazer...

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  8. Hitler's Muslim Legions

    Wednesday 14 July 2010, 19:13

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

    Mohammad Amin al-Husayni 600

    Editor's note: Sometimes the decision to commission a programme about events from recent history is a complicated one. Samir Shah lays out the many factors that contributed to one such decision - SB.

    Fascination with the Second World War and Nazism is one of the abiding characteristics of post war Britain...

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  9. London: World City?

    Monday 12 July 2010, 17:14

    Tony Travers Tony Travers

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    Editor's note: Tony Travers is Director of LSE London, a research centre at the London School of Economics and a contributor to Radio 4's London: Another Country. Here, he responds to this morning's #GreatestCity debate with a short essay about London's status as a 'world city' - SB

    London can be a difficult...

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  10. The Greatest City Debate

    Monday 12 July 2010, 09:30

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

    Cities 600

    The #GreatestCity debate took place this morning at 0900 and hundreds of you joined in here on the blog, on Twitter and on Facebook. Four World Cities squared up for the big fight. Laurie Taylor chaired, four city lovers made the case for their favourites - London, Mumbai, New York and Istanbul - and...

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