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The Radio 4 schedule changes on Monday 7 November

Monday 31 October 2011, 12:30

Paul Murphy Paul Murphy Senior Producer, A&Mi

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Martha Kearney

Martha Kearney, presenter of The World at One

Next Monday 7 November the much talked about schedule changes take place.

The big change is that The World at One will have an extra 15 minutes. As a result the weekday afternoon schedule has been changed and some programmes have also moved day. For example, The Film Programme is now on Thursday afternoons rather than Friday.

Radio 4's scheduling guru Tony Pilgrim is going to blog at the end of the week about the changes and also answer any of your questions about the new schedule. So do leave you questions at the end of this post.

Gwyn has blogged previously about the changes and in particular her desire to extend the World at One. You can read Gwyn's posts here and here.

In the meantime I've compiled a list of the Monday to Friday afternoons so you can see the programmes that have moved and the changes that have been made.

Monday:

  • 1.00pm World at One
  • 1.45pm 15 minute weekly series (previously 3.45pm)
  • 2.00pm The Archers
  • 2.15pm Afternoon Play
  • 3.00pm Quiz (previously 1.30pm)
  • 3.30pm Food Programme repeat (previously 4pm)
  • 4.00pm Popular arts (previously 11.30am Tuesdays)
  • 4.30pm Beyond Belief/The Infinite Monkey Cage

Tuesday:

  • 11.30am Music documentary (previously 1.30pm)
  • 12.04pm Call You and Yours
  • 1.00pm World at One
  • 1.45pm 15 minute weekly series (previously 3.45pm)
  • 2.00pm The Archers
  • 2.15pm Afternoon Play
  • 3.00pm Making History/Home Planet
  • 3.30pm Off The Page (previously 1.30pm Thursday) or Costing the Earth (previously 9pm Wednesday)

Wednesday:

  • 1.00pm World at One
  • 1.45pm 15 minute weekly series (previously 3.45pm)
  • 2.00pm The Archers
  • 2.15pm Afternoon Play
  • 3.00pm Money Box Live
  • 3.30pm Science/Health repeat (previously 4.30pm)
  • 4.00pm Thinking Allowed
  • 4.30pm Media Show (previously 1.30pm)

Thursday:

  • 1.00pm World at One
  • 1.45pm 15 minute weekly series (previously 3.45pm)
  • 2.00pm The Archers
  • 2.15pm Afternoon Play
  • 3.00pm Open Country/Ramblings
  • 3.30pm Book club/Open book (previously 4.00pm)
  • 4.00pm The Film Programme (previously 4.30pm Friday)
  • 4.30pm Material World (previously 4.30pm)

Friday:

  • 1.00pm World at One
  • 1.45pm 15 minute weekly series (previously 3.45pm)
  • 2.00pm The Archers
  • 2.15pm Afternoon Play
  • 3.00pm Gardeners' Question Time
  • 3.45pm Short story (the other short story slot is now Sunday at 7.45pm)
  • 4.00pm Last Word
  • 4.30pm Feedback/More or Less (previously 1.30pm)

Other things to note: The Monday afternoon repeat of Archive on 4 has been dropped.

Paul Murphy is the editor of the Radio 4 blog

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    Comment number 1.

    Is there some meaning to "Wednesday 4.30pm Media Show (previously 1.30pm)" not being in bold?

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    Comment number 2.

    I do get fed up with Ramblings and other nature and wildlife programmes on Radio 4, TV is the place for such programmes. An inordinate amount of time is spent describing a bird or a view, why? A picture would be infinitely more appropriate, and accurate.

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    Comment number 3.

    There was an ominous comment on World at One that they would be spending the time on better coverage of culture and the arts. I hope not- there is already quite enough coverage of the West End etc. on R4- there are chat shows most mornings and arts review shows most evenings. Let's not have the chattering classes taking over the news programmes as well.

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

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    Comment number 5.

    Oh dear - the best quiz programme on Radio 4 - Round Britain Quiz - has been relegated to the graveyard slot of 3pm, which means it is inaccessible to all the aficionados who listen at lunchtime. Why not have it 1.45 - 2.15 and slot the Archers in afterwards? Or run the Archers at 1.45 with RBQ to follow? It's sacrilege to shunt programmes like RBQ about in such a cavalier manner! And the repeat is so late (11pm on Fridays) my brain has ceased to function adequately. Come on, Radio 4, be reasonable and bring RBQ back to lunchtime - PLEASE!

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    Comment number 6.

    #1 Hello Briantist,
    No meaning. I just missed it out by accident and have corrected it now.
    Thank you, Paul

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    Comment number 7.

    Ooops there goes afternoon reading - sob sob sob.

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    Comment number 8.

    I shall particularly miss listening to "Feedback" at 1.30 on fridays, as I usually am doing other things at 4pm onwards and not listening to the radio. I do think that changing schedules like this will upset a lot of people who now listen at lunchtime.

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    Comment number 9.

    I often think WatO should have been called "Westminster at One" - I regularly switch off rather than listen to bickering politicians and fear much of the extra 15 minutes will be filled with this. Perhaps it would have been better to have moved R4 to Salford.....

    Or go back to the Golden Age -

    12.30 quiz/comedy
    1.00-1.40 World at One
    1.40-2.00 The Archers - 5 episodes of 15 minutes !

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    Comment number 10.

    Is there any possibility the repetitive hourly news headlines could be dropped? 3 or 4 hours between news 'updates' seems more than adequate to me. Currently we have the end of one news programme followed either immediately or within 30 minutes by news headlines.
    Will there be some mechanism in place not to repeat in-depth articles that have been, or will be, covered in the other current affairs programmes?

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    Comment number 11.

    Shifting the programs from 13:30 to later in the afternoon makes them inaccessible to many who work and enjoy the chance to listen to a variety of programs and quizzes in the lunch break.
    Extending the news at 13:00 will lead to the BBC presenters interviewing their own correspondents for longer and speculating about events which may happen during the afternoon. In other words waffle.
    Goodbye R4, hello R4 Extra.

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    Comment number 12.

    I am horrified that the lunchtime 1.30 slot for quizzes etc has been lost, I love to listen to them in my lunch hour but have no interest in extra news, it is already bad enough that we have to wake up to news with the today programme and again at tea time we have the ludicrous scheduling of PM at 5.00 followed by another news programme at 6 rehashing the same content. Those of us who work would like some opportunity to enjoy lighter programmes especially at lunch time but we can't listen in the middle of the afternoon.

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    Comment number 13.

    I quite like the changes and my brain will just about be awake at 3pm for RBQ.

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    Comment number 14.

    I agree with Derek Jones. Let's trim You and Yours down to 30 mins or less, have light entertainment 12.30 to 1, world at 1 for 40 mins, then the Archers, then ... an hour long play? Or perhaps Woman's hour back to the afternoon? Both?

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    Comment number 15.

    A disaster for lunchtime listeners. The reallocation of the 1.30 programmes looks random. It seems that the schedule has been vandalised rather than re-organised. I share the concern about WaTO containing more waffle from politicians and more pointless speculation from commentators. I don't think I will miss Round Britain Quiz that much, the current series is very weak. Does anyone else find that the questions are easier and the contestants are becoming rather irritating?

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    Comment number 16.

    I'm with jbfinchley - this series of RBQ seems to have been noticeably different in tone and difficulty to previous years.
    Mind you, I'm also a bit bothered by the lack of new quiz formats on radio in recent years; they have been a bit sidelined by panel shows (I quite enjoyed that students vs teachers one for instance.) I don't mind Counterpoint but there are other subjects that could justify proper quizzes from time to time - when was the last time there was a proper science-based quiz for instance?

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    Comment number 17.

    I hope the extended World at One will give us new and different news and comment 'from around the world' not the further repetitious circling and speculation around a tiny number of items, that has become the norm for BBC news. So much of importance and interest happens around the world that we don't get to hear about, Beeb, please help to redress the balance.

    I am disappointed that the Film Programme is now on Thursday, Friday for many of us is when we are wanting to start getting into the frame of mind for the weekend and a popular arts programme is much more suited to the Friday slot.

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    Comment number 18.

    I consider mysel a loyal and regular R4 listener.Clearly I'm not as I missed all mention of the consultation process that surely preceded these latest schedule changes. I work at home; between 9am and 3pm I can listen to what I want. The 1.30 slot has always been a favourite, theover-long You and Yours decidededly NOT. At 3pm I leave for the school run and next get to listen at 5pm if I'm lucky. By 11pm I'm asleep. So farewell RBG, Feedback etc etc. Welcome waffley WaTO; much as I enjoy Sean Lay there is only so much that can be said about the news without lapsing into speculation and repetition.Derek Jones is right, bring back the golden age. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE.

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    Comment number 19.

    This change is most regrettable. The programmes between 1330 and 1400 are generally intelligent and interesting, but they will now be lost to most listeners. We don't need more news of the waffle variety.

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    Comment number 20.

    It doesn't matter what any of us think. Changes will just go ahead anyway. We just pay your salaries.

    Just one little plea: Isn't it about time a meteor fell on Ambridge and finished them all off? Or a redundant satellite, if you want verisimilitude...

    Having been force fed The Archers since the 1960s, the series' total failure in recent years to be an everyday story of country folk finally allowed me to break free of its hold. These days, there isn't a country folk in earshot. Most of the women sound the same. You killed off the last slightly interesting man. I can't avoid a few minutes of occasional episodes and I can tell you, as someone living in the North Cotswolds, that the storylines bear no resemblance to real life in these parts... When Ambridge Extra invaded R4 Extra I nearly choked on my dry sherry. More whining teenagers are quite unnecessary.

    There isn't a single Archers character about whom I could care two hoots. Without exception they are irritating caricatures. Please invite listeners to write grisly endings for each one, and get rid of the whole nest.

 

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