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  1. Feedback - Black and Minority Ethnic Representation

    Friday 24 October 2014, 09:04

    Roger Bolton Roger Bolton

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    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...

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  2. Feedback

    Friday 4 July 2014, 09:10

    Roger Bolton Roger Bolton

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    Feedback Radio 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:
     

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    Why did Any Questions presenter Jonathan Dimbleby have to apologise to MP Chris Bryant?

     
    Now when a fellow presenter hears something like that there is often a moment of malicious glee, followed by a familiar cold tingle down the back of the spine as one realises that it could easily have been oneself making such a mistake.

    Indeed I have done so, dear reader, though as a young assistant producer, first on Nationwide and then on Panorama.

    In the case of the former I managed to invite onto the programme someone who was in favour of a proposition rather than, as I had been tasked, someone in opposition to it.

    I discovered my mistake when the guest arrived with 20 minutes to go before we went on air. I excused myself and, in total despair, left the building and I thought  my career in television, too...

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  3. Feedback: The Radio Festival

    Friday 17 October 2014, 13:20

    Roger Bolton Roger Bolton

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    Editor’s Note: The Radio Festival is the biggest debating and networking event in the radio industry’s year. It attracts over 500 top executives, producers and presenters from the BBC, commercial and indie sectors together with community, hospital and student radio and other radio related companies.
    You can listen to Feedback online or download it here. 
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    The Radio Festival took place in Salford this week and as the great and good and the desperate for work were all gathered there we went as well. 
    For me, it was something of a nostalgia trip.
    I first visited the BBC in Manchester in the early 70s when its headquarters were in Piccadilly, returning in 1983 to run the Network Production Centre there. It was based in a new building in Oxford Road, and for 12 years, starting in 1998, I went back there at weekends to present the Sunday programme for Radio 4.
    All through the first decade of this century I watched as Oxford Road was gradually run down and the Media City on Salford Quays began to arise out of the deserted docklands. Where once there was only industrial detritus there is now a flourishing community. A dazzling new building houses the Imperial War...

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  4. Saturday Drama: Under Milk Wood in Surround Sound

    Thursday 16 October 2014, 10:06

    Rupert Brun Rupert Brun Head of Technology, BBC Radio

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    Editor's note: BBC Radio 4 offers you a special chance to hear the highly-acclaimed 2003 production of Under Milk Wood, celebrating the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas in surround sound (Saturday 18 October at 2.30pm). Starring Richard Burton it features an all-Welsh cast, including early appearances by Ruth Jones and Matthew Rhys, and a cameo role from John Humphrys.
    The 2003 production was streamed online in 5.1 surround sound and now that 5.1 mix will also be available on-line in an experimental player on the Radio 4 website. Here Rupert Brun, Head of BBC Technology explains how to get...

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  5. Listener Week: Get Involved

    Monday 13 October 2014, 17:20

    Radio 4 Radio 4

    Do you have a fantastic idea for Radio 4 that you’ve always wanted to hear on air?  What burning issue do you think is crying out to be heard? Listener Week is your chance to get involved. 
     
    This November three programmes are giving you the chance to curate their content.
    Woman’s Hour offers a female perspective on the world, what’s your perspective? Get in touch with the programme and tell us about a topic that will make people sit up and take notice. 
    In Our Time’s Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas, what have we missed? Let the programme team know your big idea. 
    Saturday...

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  6. Feedback: Radio Comedy and 30 day iPlayer

    Friday 10 October 2014, 08:37

    Roger Bolton Roger Bolton

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    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...

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  7. Afternoon Drama: Beyond Contempt

    Monday 6 October 2014, 15:00

    Peter Jukes Peter Jukes Author

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    Author Peter Jukes on the challenges of condensing 130 days of testimony into a 45 minute Afternoon Drama

    Peter-Jukes-portrait © 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...

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  8. Feedback: Is There a Crisis in Political Interviewing?

    Friday 3 October 2014, 12:00

    Roger Bolton Roger Bolton

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    Editor's Note: You can listen to Feedback online or download it here. 

    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...

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  9. The 4 O’Clock Show on Radio 4 Extra

    Monday 29 September 2014, 11:12

    Gwyneth Williams Gwyneth Williams

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    On weekday afternoons on Radio 4 Extra we currently broadcast The 4 O’Clock Show, with a mix of stories, comedy, interviews and quizzes.  The programme is aimed at younger listeners and families and has been part of the schedule since Radio 7 became Radio 4 Extra in 2011.
     
    With regret, we have today confirmed our plans for the programme to finish next spring and I wanted to explain why we have made this decision.
     
    As listeners know, the Radio 4 Extra that we hear today is very much an adult network.  This means that a dedicated hour for older children and families in the afternoons is not reaching...

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  10. My Nights In With the Prof

    Friday 26 September 2014, 15:57

    Charlotte Bogard Macleod Charlotte Bogard Macleod Writer

    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...

    Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight 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...

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