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Closure of The Archers message board

Monday 11 February 2013, 12:00

Nigel Smith Nigel Smith Interactive Editor

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Today we are announcing the closure of The Archers message board. It will close, in two weeks, at 12pm on Monday 25 February. All of us at Radio 4 and on The Archers team understand this news will be disappointing for regular users.

The Archers Message Board

The Archers is extremely popular on digital platforms. More than 120,000 users regularly visit the website every week, the podcast is three times more popular now than it was in 2008 with downloads in the millions - and more and more listeners are talking about the programme on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

Amid that growth, traffic to the message board has reduced greatly. While there are around 10,000 regular visitors to the message board, the number of people who contribute actively has dropped below a thousand.

For some time, the BBC has been moving away from message boards, as Ian Hunter explains in this blog post, and there are now no other BBC Radio message boards and only two related to other BBC output. 

The Archers community has been a rich, witty and fun space for fans over the last decade and we acknowledge the strength of the community. We hope that you continue to contribute to Archers discussions elsewhere online.

We will still be listening to you and we welcome feedback via this blog, on our Facebook page and through Twitter where Tayler and Keri will remain as our hosts. All feedback will be collated and shared with the programme team each week and published on our blog.

The board's vast archive will remain online. We’re giving notice so that you can make plans to migrate to alternative Archers forums and spaces, say goodbye to fellow Archers board users and discuss this move.

We will respond to comments and questions about the closure on this blog later in the week.

Nigel Smith
Interactive Editor, Radio 4 & 4 Extra

Other places to talk about The Archers online

The Archers Facebook page – official page run by Tayler and Keri

The Archers on Twitter – official profile run by Tayler

#thearchers – Twitter hashtag

Archers Addicts Forum - fan forum

Peet's Place - fan forum

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    Comment number 1.

    Does the BBC ever actually pay any attention to what the people who pay for it want? I've yet to see evidence of this. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

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    Comment number 2.

    Ha Ha, Nice try at explaining away why you're closing the message board, It's really because the message board if full of posts deriding the parlous state of the Archers, its poor script writing and awful PC ridden storylines....

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    Comment number 3.

    "We will still be listening to you and we welcome feedback via this blog"

    And do what?

    More control freakery.

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    Comment number 4.

    I don't use Facebook, I don't use Twitter. I object to the BBC using these forums as the only place for their feedback. As someone has said elsewhere, without the messageboard there is no point in visiting the site.

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    Speechless......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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    Comment number 6.

    Not a good decision. There's a real community on the Archers MBs, people visit for many different reasons - the MB should be used as a model for others, not shut down.

    I don't do Facebook either, and I'm not going to join just because of this change.

    You had a great asset here, you're making a mistake in dumping it.

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    Comment number 7.

    What a bluddy waste. I too decline to use of Facebook and Twitter - and what does the BBC think it's doing, pushing people to commercial organisations whose only purpose is to harvest personal data for sale to third parties and to gain advertising revenue? And when Twitter and Facebook eventually collapse - as they in due course will, when they go out of fashion? What then?

    How short-sighted.

    No reason to visit the TA website now.

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    Comment number 8.

    What a real, real pity.
    End of an era indeed.
    To repeat "Without the messageboard there is no point in visiting the site".

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    Comment number 9.

    " traffic to the message board has reduced greatly. While there are around 10,000 regular visitors to the message board, the number of people who contribute actively has dropped below a thousand."

    Have you considered that the declining quality of the programme might have more than a passing relationship to this?

    You are tax payer funded public servants and should be held accountable for your actions. Yet over the past couple of years or so you have patronised and ignored your customer base. The resulting disappearance of posters and probably the abandonment of the programme by many others has been the result of the cack handed editorial actions and poor writing that has become more and more prevalent.

    I shall miss the board, not for the programme, but for the posters who still doggedly post there.

    Shame on you all

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    Comment number 10.

    Thanks for this advance warning, Nigel. Also, many thanks to everyone who has worked on this project from the early days of the blue board (who knew then what it would become?) to the multi-topic message board of today. It's been great fun, cheers!

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    Comment number 11.

    Too many complaints. Total BBC arrogance. You don't like what we say so you shut us down. Why keep the Twitter account going and close this? Cost or content?

    And even this is moderated. At least I am heartened to think of the moderators all being handed a P45. How richly deserved that is for their hyper sensitivity over the years.

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    Comment number 12.

    Depressing. About money, I suppose. Can you tell me how many new programmes will be able to be commissioned - or how many jobs will be lost -- through the closure of this wonderful talking space?

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    Comment number 13.

    Well I won't be visiting the website without a MB - bad move BBC.

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    Comment number 14.

    Hi. When you say "this blog", do you mean on this website, or on the general BBC blogs i.e do you mean the website will stay here, and will be updated with blogs/cast info. etc, but will be without its messageboard? Or will the whole site be taken down, or just remain online as an archive?

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    Comment number 15.

    I won't be visiting the site if the message board isn't available, and I am deeply disappointed to lose this wonderful interface. I have made many friends via this MB, people I have met in RL as well as via The Bull or The Village Hall. Ian Hunter's message seems to be mostly waffle to me, and doesn't make me feel any better about losing this valuable and wonderful facility. Shame on you, BBC.

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    Comment number 16.

    Hi Nemo399

    It's just the message board that's closing. The rest of the website will remain as is.

    Tayler

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    Comment number 17.

    Shazbut!

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    Comment number 18.

    And that will teach us to have been other than utterly favourable in our comments, won't it. How happy the people who come to tell us all off about that must be today.

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    Comment number 19.

    Those that use the TA MB are the longstanding, stalwart and most loyal of fans/supporters who probably don't and/or won't Tweet or run off to Facebook.. Is the Beeb soo naive or is it that they just don't give a damn?!!

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    Comment number 20.

    I rarely visit the website but am a regular on the message board. Will be unlikely to visit the site in future. Don't tweet and rarely use FB.

 

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