Friday 8 October 2010, 15:01
Get those tweets tweeting, and those emails flying, Feedback, the show which airs listener's views and concerns relating to BBC Radio, begins a new series this Friday.
Getting your voice heard, as a listener, has never been more important. If you care about radio, make a noise about it. The BBC is grappling with a diminishing licence fee. Don't let radio play second fiddle to TV. Don't let Strictly Come Dancing steal a march on The Archers. This is a critical time for radio. It is perhaps more important than ever that listeners engage with BBC managers, producers and talent. If BBC stations are to improve and thrive, Feedback from listeners is all important.
So, as I say, Feedback is beginning a new series. Roger Bolton still stands solidly at the helm, and the programme has a new independent production team - Whistledown Productions. It'll be as rigorous as ever, representing your views to the people at the top of the BBC and demanding a response. Reaching those who ultimately make the decisions, but who often hide from the public gaze.
We'll also be looking at how programmes are made. Lifting the lid on all those little secrets that producers like to keep to themselves.
We begin this new series at a particularly interesting time. Radio 4 has a new controller. When Mark Damazer took up the reins, we knew he was into American Baseball and Bruce Springsteen; were told he had a passion for history and achieved a double first from Cambridge. Looking back now, could we have predicted any of the changes he made and the series' he commissioned? In our first edition we'll be taking a look at Gwyneth Williams, does her past offer any clues to the future of Radio 4, some analysis is called for.
There is little question that with a new controller, come new ideas. Everyone likes to leave their mark, and perhaps there is no better time to leave yours. Let us know where you think Gwyneth should focus her attention. If you were the controller of Radio 4, where would your axe fall ? Would you reorganise the schedule? During this series we will be looking at your ideas for the future of the station.
Feedback, is of course, not just about Radio 4. That is the main reason I am writing here, rather than on the Radio 4 blog. Although the programme is broadcast on 4, it's there to represent the views of listeners to all of BBC Radio. So get in touch, whichever station you're tuned to.
Kevin Dawson is Executive Producer of Feedback