5 live Best Bits
Late last year, we gave the 5 live homepage a slight facelift, and changed the way people navigate around the site. The major change was the Best Bits section, where, as the name hopefully makes completely clear, you can hear clips and watch videos featuring some of the best content from 5 live.
We have a few rules of thumb that we try to follow when we're deciding what clips to use.
First, the material is slected by the people who actually make the shows, as they're in the best position to judge what's good, and they have access to the relevant audience response. Sometimes we get a load of texts asking to play something again, and now, we're in a position to do so. The 5 live Interactive team then edit and publish these clips to the website.
The clip itself should be a great bit of radio that's unique to this station, so it doesn't have to be the biggest interview or part of the most important story (although it can be both of those). We ask ourselves two questions: is it worth hearing again and again? Is it unique to 5 live? If the answer to both of these is 'yes', it's worth putting up.
One of the clips was from Richard Bacon's show. He had Dermot O'Leary in, and the X Factor and Radio 2 presenter confessed he was a bit nervous about bumping into Peter. You can watch their meeting here.
Another is Peter's interview with a 93-year-old man who's recently reunited with his wife after being apart for 50 years. It's well worth listening to how it ends.
We hope that short clips like this raise awareness of 5 live and what we do. For instance someone who can't listen to the start of Drive and isn't inclined to listen to a three-hour programme on iPlayer can easily hear a short clip from the programme.
Short clips can be passed around the web, using the various social media, and we get lots of comments about clips on Facebook. For existing listeners, it's an easily navigable selection of funny/interesting/informative moments.
It'd be useful to hear what people think. Are there any 5 live best bits that we've missed? Of course, we can also pass on your birthday wishes to Mr Allen. On Friday.
Hasit Shah is a senior producer at Radio 5 live