Tim Davie

Director of Audio & Music, Director of BBC Audio & Music

Blog posts in total 18

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  1. The BBC is attempting an ambitious first, bringing together around 60 our stations

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  2. "Should BBC radio stations target audiences by age?" asks Tim Davie, head of BBC Radio

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  3. Dame Nellie Melba, in Britain's first advertised public broadcast, gives a song recital from Marconi's works in Chelmsford. Recently I was lucky enough to see a piece of radio history: the microphone into which Dame Nellie Melba, the formidable Australian soprano, sang a live recital on ...

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  4. With the completion of a full switchover to digital television now imminent, focus is likely to increase on radio and its progress in the digital world. The story of digital radio in the UK is one of slow, steady progress, and lively debate, rather then breakthrough. We have reached a poin...

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  5. Today we are making public a report which looks at potential synergies and savings within Radio 1, Radio 2, 6 Music and 1Xtra. Last year, I asked John Myers - CEO of the Radio Academy and one of the most respected figures in the radio industry - to review how our popular music stations are r...

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  6. Today we announced a series of new programmes which will be appearing on our digital radio stations. Also, we confirmed that we are changing the name of BBC Radio 7 to BBC Radio 4 Extra in April. You can find all the details in the press release. Some people have questioned why we are altering ...

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  7. It is rare that passionate radio listeners overwhelmingly and immediately support the scheduling changes that we make to a well-loved BBC radio station. However, having just announced that Radio 3 will broadcast live concerts every weekday at 7.30 p.m. for 46 weeks of the year, the reaction ...

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  8. Tim Davie is Director of Audio & Music at the BBC RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research) is jointly owned by the BBC and commercial radio trade body the Radio Centre. Participating listeners are asked to record their radio listening in quarter-hour time blocks for one week. The RAJAR figure...

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  9. Unless you have kept well clear of the media this week, you will have seen or heard that we have been marking the 60th anniversary of the world's longest running continuous drama. The Archers has been a central part of listener's lives since 1951 and, if nothing else, the past few days have prov...

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  10. Of all the highs and lows of my job, visiting the Test Match Special commentary box at Lords in July last year must rank as one of my most memorable and uplifting moments. As I listened to Aggers, Blowers, CMJ and the rest of the team analyse the quality of each delivery while conveying the whol...

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  11. Like most fathers, watching how my young sons spend their time reminds me how far technology has advanced in 30 years. As a child of the 70s and 80s, playing Jetpac on my ZX Spectrum was as cutting edge as it got. The type of graphics that can now be generated on handheld machines was beyond ima...

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  12. As I was reading an article listing all the official quotes from radio industry leaders - myself included - reacting to the latest quarterly radio listening numbers, it was hard not to feel somewhat exhausted by endlessly positive sentiments. Nearly every quote is upbeat with each company procla...

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  13. As the leading players in the radio industry gather today in Salford for their annual get-together, much of the conversation will be about the topic of innovation. Listeners are currently very satisfied with radio services but digital technology does bring opportunities to keep improving what w...

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  14. Without doubt, my highlight of the week will be going to the British Museum on Thursday as we reveal the last object in our series A History of the World in 100 Objects. The Radio 4 series has been a centrepiece of our radio programming over the last year and it is destined to be remembered as o...

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  15. A few days ago I hosted a celebration of the launch of our new radio Outside Broadcast (OB) fleet. The fleet comprises of state of the art sound trucks that you may see parked up at countless festivals, concerts and events throughout the year. The new trucks have come to the rescue of our ageing...

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  16. Just over a year ago, I volunteered to chair the Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Working Group at the BBC and shortly thereafter, we announced that the BBC had commissioned a study into the portrayal of LGB audiences across all of our services. As the most comprehensive piece of research ever carried o...

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  17. As a BBC Director who is often defending the BBC's actions against critics, I often get asked if the BBC could be more vocal about its strengths. So with this in mind, forgive me if this blog is a somewhat shameless celebration of what we do best. Last week, I hosted a drink to say goodbye to M...

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  18. Welcome to the new BBC Radio Blog where I and others will be making regular posts on a wide range of topics affecting the national radio stations and music programmes across the BBC. It is a chance to hear directly from myself and the team, and, like the best speech radio, we hope to provoke deb...

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