Has new technology 'killed spontaneity'?
This remark seems to have struck a chord as it's been picked up and debated by many of those who've contacted us since.
This week, Jonathan Snowden, listening in the UK offers his analysis of why that might be so.
New studio equipment saves costs, but is it at the expense of truly live radio? One listener thinks so.
He suggests the villain of the piece is the automated system which plays out the programmes! Having this technology, although obviously a cost-effective resource "requires an announcer to record live at only one point in the day so that the same announcement can be replayed as if new throughout the rest of the day" which, says Jonathan, "kills much of the live spontaneity that characterised the World Service for so many decades".
Even in live programmes, "presenters are having to battle to work around the precise timings of the machines that have effectively replaced the live announcer.
Pauses here, the cutting off of people in mid-interview there, all to bring us a recorded programme trail that we have already heard many times over".
He ends by saying that he believes the World Service's heart is still beating, but sometimes he wishes that beat were a little more irregular! What's your diagnosis? Do you agree with Jonathan about this?
Elsewhere on the programme this week we find out whether the BBC is reviewing its presence in Kabul following the announcement by the UN that it is temporarily removing around 600 of its workers because of concerns for their safety.
Rajan also speaks to the Head of the Somali service about the communication he's had with both hostages and pirates involved in the abduction of a British couple from their yacht in the Indian Ocean.
Looking ahead, we're planning a programme where we'll get a group of BBC foreign correspondents in discussion about their lives and the stories that have made most impression on them.
Have you got any questions for them? For example, are you interested to know how they became correspondents in the first place? What aspects of their life are the most interesting or difficult?
If you have something to ask, please get in touch!
Penny Vine is producing Over To You this week.
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