Three new shows for the weekend
I wanted to tell you more about three new programmes we've got this weekend on 5 live.
On Sunday night at 7.30 you'll be able to hear Men's Hour for the first time. There's been so much discussion and comment about the programme that you may feel you've already heard it - but this Sunday will be the chance to judge the show on its content, which in the end is what matters. But before Tim Samuels even gets things underway, let me explain what we're trying to do.
Firstly it is worth pointing out it's a one hour programme for six weeks on a Sunday evening. One challenge with slots like this is to do something a bit different which gets us noticed - we're always looking to increase awareness of 5 live because that's the way of attracting new listeners. Men's Hour has certainly been talked about over the last few days so that's a real plus.
Editorially, is there value in trying to understand men's role in the world and to give space to talk about some issues which to be honest do not get aired very often in broadcast media? I think there is as long as we do that in a way which is smart, relevant and thought-provoking - and that's what the programme will aim to do. We'll deal with topics like work, relationships and health. And don't be misled by the title - just as Woman's Hour has almost 40% male listeners, we hope female listeners won't feel they can't listen to Men's Hour. To help prove the point, Woman's Hour presenter Jenni Murray is a guest on the first show and Men's Hour presenter Tim Samuels is a guest this week on Woman's Hour on Radio 4.
Also new this Sunday at 11am is Chart the Week with Richard Bacon. Over the past year we've tried to use the Sunday morning 11am slot to take a different look at the week's events using humour and comedy in a live, topical format. The Christian O'Connell Solution and Seven Day Sunday with Chris Addison have been the first two shows and Seven Day Sunday will return for another run in September. But this summer we're trying a third format with the same aims in mind. It's a simple idea - a panel looks back at the week's top ten most talked-about events. We want it to be sharp, flexible and funny - something perfect for a sunny Sunday morning.
Our new trio of programmes for the weekend is rounded off by Gethin Jones' return to Saturday mornings between 9 and 11. It's Gethin's third summer with us in this slot and the programme will be a mix of familiar features and some fresh ideas with the aim of reflecting the sound of summer - from sport to festivals to music. Hopefully amongst those three shows there's something everyone can enjoy this summer - do give them a listen and see what you think.
Adrian Van-Klaveren is Controller of BBC Radio 5 live