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BBC Online Briefing: Radio & Music Q&A

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Andrew Scott Andrew Scott | 17:30 UK time, Thursday, 10 May 2012

At our BBC Online Industry Briefing event in the London Radio Theatre, Mark Friend and I presented our strategy for the Radio and Music Product. Following the presentations we had a Q&A session. Here is a film of that session:

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Andrew Scott is the Head of Radio & Music, BBC Future Media

Sarah Montague asked Mark Friend if there was any evidence that "watching radio" was doing anything to stem the decline of youth radio listening. Mark pointed to the new Radio 1 homepage. Site builders @MadeByKite tweeted their appreciation.

Sarah Montague grilling Mark Friend. Terrifying! Radio 1 homepage is his shield. #BBCOnline - 1225PM

Mark also talked about the many comments Radio 1 receive and don't necessarily use. Katz Kiely tweeted:

Thousands of comments on the bullying campaign... All binned. That could be seriously powerful collateral if curated #BBCOnline - 12:27PM

Euan Miller of Disturb Media asked about the challenges in making use of user-generated content and comment; he suggested that the digital framework sometimes holds people back. Mark said it was more the BBC's compliance framework than the digital framework.

Simon Willis, Head of Content at Wise Buddha, said that commissioners in radio don't have the same multiplatform expectations as those in TV. He asked about whether that demand would change to suit the platform. Mark responded that the culture was changing very fast.

Clifford Boobyer of Firedog asked about commissioning different agencies to work on the same project. Mark and Andrew talked about the different ways the BBC divides up work in projects with multiple agencies, and about a single agency sometimes being "on point" as the direct supplier.

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