Thursday 31 July 2014, 09:20
Radio Explorer - A new way to discover the radio about the things you love
Friday 1 August 2014, 12:32
I met two of my heroes on Feedback this week.
Matthew Parris popped into the studio, en route to the Moral Maze, to discuss his campaign against the overuse of the historic present tense which he says is now rampant in the media.
Matthew is the most polite and charming of guests but he is alarmingly honest about himself as well as about others. (Do have a read of his autobiography if you doubt me. It is a classic.)
His knowledge of grammar is profound and I soon understand why he writes for the Times and I do not. Our interview is one of my less challenging ones. He just knows far more about the subject than I do.
Matthew also has a talent for perversity. I wonder if he, rather like fellow columnist Simon Jenkins, sometimes argues an extreme case just to see what the reaction will be. Both delight in opposing the consensus.
Then I talk, sorry, talked, to the BBC’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet, who has just returned from Gaza. Our inbox is full of allegations of bias in the BBC’s reporting of the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Apparently the Corporation’s news is anti-Palestinian and anti-Israeli at the same time.
I wanted to talk to Lyse about these allegations...
Thursday 31 July 2014, 09:20
BBC Radio has launched a new way to help audiences discover radio - Radio Explorer.
Radio Explorer - Landing
It's not always been easy to find BBC Programmes programmes about the things you love – but now Radio Explorer allows you to search BBC Radio using keywords and topics.
Your passion might be Reggae, Game of Thrones or baking. Once you enter a topic Radio Explorer will create a playlist related to your topic, with programmes and clips from Radio 3, Radio 4 and 5 live.
Radio Explorer - Search
The BBC Radio Explorer was an idea that came about from a Radio 4 Hackday which brought together programme makers, producers, software engineers, web developers and web designers from different areas of the BBC to collaborate on ideas focused on Radio 4's output and looking at intersting digital offers that could be done to showcase network's incredibly diverse range of content.
Jason Williams, a Web Developer within the Radio & Music team at the BBC (who have also developed Playlister), came up with the idea:
"I was in the car listening to shows like The News Quiz or The Now Show and thought there must be an easier way to find out if there was more comedy on offer from BBC Radio.
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Monday 21 July 2014, 14:08
Editor’s note – Plants: From Roots to Riches is a 25-part series beginning on 21st July, broadcast Monday – Friday at 1.45pm
As an evolutionary biologist, Kew’s director of science, Prof Kathy Willis - knew where she wanted to begin her story for this new Radio 4 series – in front of Kew’s oldest resident - the cycad (Encephalartos altensteinii) in the iconic botanical garden's palm house.
By happy coincidence, the Cycad's arrival at Kew in 1775 coincided with the development of Carl Linnaeus’ binomial classification system for plants (and animals). All at once, the chaos of...
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Thursday 10 July 2014, 16:20
(Note for Ingrid, who always types these messages for me: this will be longer than usual, but all will be explained at the end of the blog.)
This morning’s programme has already been commented on widely, partly because all the contributors were women (although this has happened many times on the programme before and Tom Morris, the producer, did a headcount recently where he found that – without in any way trying to be politically correct – the...