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Robin Lustig | 08:51 UK time, Tuesday, 18 August 2009

To those of you who listen to The World Tonight (and I know it's not all of you), thank you -- the latest figures show that we are now reaching an all-time record audience averaging 1.78 million listeners each week, which is a 16.9 per cent market share. Believe me, it's impressive, and we're grateful for your loyalty and support.

To those of you who don't listen, you don't know what you're missing -- and if you live overseas, that's no excuse, because you can always listen online.

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  • 1. At 1:30pm on 18 Aug 2009, Richard_SM wrote:

    No. Thank you. There aren't many programmes left with any credibility, File on Four, World Tonight are exceptions. I still miss 'World In Action.' (not same channel I know, but some fantastic progs) Is there a relationship between ITV's demise and the ending of WIA?

    "..which is a 16.9 per cent market share." A measure of success or failure? I don't think so.

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  • 2. At 5:01pm on 18 Aug 2009, John_from_Hendon wrote:


    So the market is 10.5 million? (1.78/0.169) That means about 82 percent of the UK population does not listen to Radio at all(?)

    About The World Tonight: It is OK as a programme, but after it I generally have a big problem with the 'Book at Bedtime' - I know the BatB is a traditional part of the schedules, but those who select the books do not pick any books to my taste! So I have to switch to the World Service and catch the end of the Business News for five minutes followed by the sports news (again I have to switch off - having no personal interest at all in sports of any kind)

    I really used to like the schedules when there was The Financial News at 11pm, but that is a lifetime ago. I find the BatB irritating to say the least. My preference would be for a 30 minute comedy slot/arts slot after The World Tonight (and scrap the 2 minute 11pm news summary) followed by 15 minutes Financial News at 11:15 and then Today in Parliament at 11:30 followed by the 30 minute Midnight news and then the Book at Real Bedtime. Generally there is already a book after midnight - the BatB is just irritating. I know the BatB mini independent production companies would go out of business but I think their time has come!

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  • 3. At 5:10pm on 18 Aug 2009, Robin Lustig wrote:

    John_from_Hendon: Market share refers to our share of those people who are listening to the radio when we are on air, ie 10pm-10.45pm. The size of the available "market" varies at different times of the day. The sad fact is that more people listen to the radio in the mornings than in the evenings, apparently because, inexplicably, some people prefer to watch TV in the evenings.

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  • 4. At 11:09pm on 18 Aug 2009, SteveGNyc wrote:

    Maybe if you covered stories like the large Swedish tabloid carrying Anti-Semitc blood libels you'd present a truer picture of what is happening in Europe and hence gain more listeners.

    Right now, it's the regular BBC stuff.

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  • 5. At 04:32am on 19 Aug 2009, dennisjunior1 wrote:

    That's good news, Robin!!!!

    You're welcome...

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  • 6. At 2:30pm on 19 Aug 2009, Richard_SM wrote:

    #4. SteveGNyc

    That story is shocking. The mainstream Swedish newspaper is alleging Israeli troops abducted, and then killed young Palestinian (boys?) from the West Bank, in order to remove their organs for a lucrative smuggling operation.

    Some say that's absurd. But not when you link it to last month’s huge 600 strong FBI raid in New Jersey, reported by the BBC , which led to 44 arrests , including two leading politicians, three mayors and five Rabbis. Some of those arrested are under investigation for organ smuggling from Israel to USA over the last ten years.

    I recall the Police investigation three years ago when a similar operation was discovered. Organ and bone parts were being ‘stolen’ and sold for transplants to US hospitals by a medical company. The investigation revealed the BBC’s American correspondent, Alistair Cooke, was one of the 'victims.' That was also in New Jersey! Those involved were sentenced to jail last year.

    The organs in last month’s FBI raid had to be coming from somewhere. There’s obviously been a US hospital market for these body parts, as the 2006 case revealed. So the Swedish newspaper claim is not as incredible as it may at first seem.

    There’s a research group, Organ Watch at the University of California, Berkeley who’ve previously investigated international organ traders. It’s led by a Professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes. She appeared on BBC’s ‘Hardtalk’ last year to highlight illegal international human organ trading. They started off investigating practices in other countries, Brazil and China I believe, but discovered a trail from Israel led back to New York and New Jersey.

    We obviously can’t name the Swedish newspaper, because I’ll get moderated for foreign words.

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  • 7. At 4:48pm on 22 Aug 2009, SteveGNyc wrote:

    The Swedish newspaper story is an anit-Semitic lie.

    The recent organ cases were a fraud perpetrated by some religious figures who convinced people to donate their organs, compensating them $10,000 or so. They then turned around and sold the organs for $160,000. This is a terrible case of fraud under the guise of charity and is horrible crime.

    It is, however, not murdering people of other religions for their organs, which is the blood libel charged in the Swedish paper. (Very similar to 1800 years of murderous blood libels spread against Jews by European Christians)

    If the BBC had properly reported the story, you would not be so confused, Richard_SM.

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