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Is social media isolating the audience?

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Rajan Datar | 14:16 UK time, Friday, 16 September 2011

This week we take a closer look at Facebook, and the BBC's increasing use of it. It claims to have 750 million users worldwide.

One in five webpages opened in the US is a Facebook page.

So, what happens to more conventional listeners who don't wish to sign up to the digital revolution?

This a question prompted by Alex Lee, who writes in with her fears that by choosing not to become a member of Facebook, she is being left out of the BBC conversation.

To answer Alex's fears, and also to have a more general discussion about social media, I'm joined by Julian Siddle, a BBC science programme maker, who has been dealing with social media since the very beginning.

Julian strongly argues the case for Facebook, highlighting the fact that the social media conversation will be happening anyway, so it would be foolish of the BBC to not engage with it.

Rajan Datar is the presenter of Over To You.

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How BBC World Service has covered the 9/11 anniversary

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Rajan Datar | 11:34 UK time, Friday, 9 September 2011

This week we look into how BBC World Service has approached the tragic and very sensitive issue of the10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. I find out how to get not only the content right but the tone as well.

I speak to two key people behind the BBC's coverage of the anniversary, Steve Titherington, BBC World Service Commissioning Editor, and Philippa Goodrich, Editor of Business Daily on the World Service.

Steve outlines the special approach that the World Service has taken to the anniversary, discussing how he intended to commission a range of programmes that really took the time to connect with Americans.

Philippa, in turn discusses how the 9/11 attacks can be seen as the starting point of a decade of decline for America, and talks about the difficulties in balancing the economic issues with the greater tragedy within it.

In the mailbag this week we hear from Dennis Anthony who writes in with concerns about the use of diction within the World Service, with the word 'epicentre' a particular bone of contention.

Another listener writes in to express his dissatisfaction with the overuse of ident music on the World Service.

Finally, Joy Clarke emails from South Africa to express her delight with the latest series of Reith Lectures, a series that is close to our own hearts on Over To You.

So, as you can see it's a jam packed show this week, but please if you have anything to say for next week's show, let us know. We always want to know your thoughts on the World Service.

Rajan Datar is the presenter of Over To You.

Over To You is your chance to have your say about the BBC World Service and its programmes.

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