Thursday 16 October 2014, 10:06
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Friday 24 October 2014, 09:04
Editor's Note: You can listen to Feedback online or download it here.
As a proud Cumbrian I was naturally delighted when, this week, St Bees was voted the best village in Britain in which to live. However I’m not sure I would want to live there myself as it is so small and isolated on the wild west Cumbrian coast. The media industry is virtually non- existent, apart from Eric Robson’s operation in nearby Wasdale, where the Gardeners’ Question Time host , entrepreneur and Chairman of the Cumbrian Tourist Board, produces mountain-climbing videos amongst much else.
On the other hand the village has a fascinating history. St Bega landed there fleeing from Ireland in the Early Middle Ages and the Romans, the Vikings, and the Normans have all left their mark among the ruins of the beautiful monastery.
St Bees is also home to a distinguished public school, whose fees must be beyond most Cumbrians, but which does bring jobs to an area which needs them. And a few miles away lies the Lake District with its glorious, timeless beauty which puts everyday worries in their proper place.
I’m beginning to change my mind!
It must seem, however, another country to the first time visitor from London...
Friday 4 July 2014, 09:10Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations
On this week’s Feedback we featured Jonathan Dimbleby making an unusual, and, perhaps for him, unique mistake on Radio 4's Any Questions. He attributed to a member of the panel a quote which was not theirs.
Here is the mistake in all its gory glory:
Friday 17 October 2014, 13:20
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Friday 10 October 2014, 08:37
This blog is usually concerned with concerns or controversy about BBC radio, so I thought I’d start this week with some praise, for the often maligned Radio 4 comedy output, well, for some of it.
I was just about to switch the radio off at 11pm on Monday night, and settle down to sleep after a particularly grey and gloomy day, when Fresh From The Fringe came on. It showcased new comedy talent from the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe, was hosted by Jason Cook, and featured award winners Alex Edelman and Funz and Gamz. There were a few...
Monday 6 October 2014, 15:00
Author Peter Jukes on the challenges of condensing 130 days of testimony into a 45 minute Afternoon Drama© Olivia Beasley
It was the strangest sensation of deja vu. As Neil Pearson (a hero of mine ever since Drop the Dead Donkey and Between the Lines) pulled the velcro fastener of my satchel and then started typing away on my iPad keyboard, I was taken back to the 8 months I spent at the Old Bailey, tweeting out half a million words from the phone hacking trial.
Condensing the 130 days of testimony from the ‘trial of the century’, with witnesses ranging from archbishops to Hollywood...
Friday 3 October 2014, 12:00
Is there a crisis in political interviewing and discussions on radio and television?
The editor of Newsnight, Ian Katz, evidently thinks there is and his comments, following the departure of his formidable, some might say abrasive, presenter Jeremy Paxman, suggests that he thinks his programme needs to adopt a new approach.
Regular listeners to Feedback will know that a significant section of the radio audience shares his view that there is indeed a crisis, although it’s debatable whether the main culprits are over aggressive...
Monday 29 September 2014, 11:12
Friday 26 September 2014, 15:57
Editor's note: In a new Radio 4 drama, Andrew Scott plays an earnest statistician who falls in love with an impulsive photographer.
Here, the writer of the story, Charlotte Bogard Macleod, reveals how the inspiration for Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight began...Andrew Scott and Jenny Spark
I email the eminent statistician Professor David Spiegelhalter, of Cambridge University, this question.
Dear Professor Spiegelhalter
What is the statistical probability of love at first sight?
He responds immediately.
Hearing back from The Professor is a bit like googling God, finding to...