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  1. Feedback - Radio 4 Extra: A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

    Friday 20 May 2011, 14:48

    The BBC digital station Radio 7 has changed its name to Radio 4 Extra, but some Feedback listeners don't like the smell.

    Amaechi Ihetu told us that she was 'disappointed that listeners have lost a true gem'. Tina Taylor wrote 'I don't want to hear repeats of Desert Island Discs'.

    Fred Whalley was...

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  2. On the way out - Sir Michael Lyons on Feedback

    Friday 25 March 2011, 13:55

    "Events, dear boy Events"!

    That was the apparently unflappable Prime Minister, Harold MacMillan, discussing what most concerned him. He meant the crises that arrive out of clear blue skies and changed the political weather overnight. Well we have had plenty of 'events' during this latest run of Feedback...

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  3. Controller Andy Parfitt on Radio 1 and Asian Network

    Friday 18 March 2011, 18:24

    Andy Parfitt, the Controller of Radio 1, is clearly devoted to his job. Why else would you agree to curl up in a sleeping bag on the floor of Chris Moyles' studio while the Breakfast King and his sidekick Comedy Dave try to stay awake for 51.5 hours in order to create a new world record for Red Nose...

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  4. Lord Patten in the hot seat

    Friday 11 March 2011, 16:45

    The Time - 10am on Thursday 10th March.

    The Place - The Grimond Room in Portcullis House.

    The Occasion - pre-appointment hearing with the Government's preferred candidate for the role of the Chairman of the BBC Trust.

    In the corridor outside, the media pack compares notes about what is a unique event...

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  5. Doorstepping Hardeep Singh Kohli - the Alternative Census on Feedback

    Thursday 3 March 2011, 19:27

    Nine a.m. on a cold March day in North London. I knock on the door of a flat in a new tower block. When the door opens I'm straight in with my questions before the occupant can shut it in my face.

    How long have you lived here? Are you on your own? Who else lives here? Emboldened by the fact that the...

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  6. Did the BBC send too many reporters to Egypt?

    Friday 25 February 2011, 13:50

    All radio presenters who are worth their salt want to go where the action is, but are they all really needed when they get there? After all the BBC has an extensive number of foreign correspondents distributed around the world's troublespots, as well as having foreign affairs specialists such as John...

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  7. Does it matter where a Radio 4 programme comes from?

    Friday 18 February 2011, 13:55

    David Liddiment, the BBC Trustee who led its review into Radio 4 among other stations, must be wondering what has hit him.

    No sooner had he published the review last week than newspaper columnists, the odd BBC presenter, and a lot of listeners attacked him for trying to fix something they don't believe...

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  8. CPLH and widening Radio 4's appeal - BBC Trustee David Liddiment on service licences

    Friday 11 February 2011, 17:14

    Editor's note: this week's Feedback focused on the English language, on Royal visits to Ambridge an on the conclusion of the BBC Trust's review of Radio 4 - SB.

    There are many incidental pleasures to be derived from the latest BBC Trust Review, a copy of which is now available on its website.

    For example...

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  9. A new schedule, The Archers and cuts

    Friday 28 January 2011, 13:55

    Editor's note - Feedback is back. And highlights of the first episode of the new series are a wide-ranging interview with Controller Gwyneth Williams and an encounter with Archers editor Vanessa Whitburn for two of her listeners - SB.

    Hardly had Feedback gone off the air before Christmas then James...

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  10. When the BBC covers the BBC

    Friday 3 December 2010, 13:55

    There was once a head of BBC News, called Tahu Hole, who implemented a regime of extreme caution. In his, much resented, view it was the job of his staff only to report what others had found out rather than what they had uncovered for themselves. Each story would only be broadcast if there were already...

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  11. Archers irritants - and a new web site

    Friday 19 November 2010, 13:55

    Lynda Snell has seen off many rivals to her position as the most irritating person in Ambridge. Marjorie Antrobus started as a formidable character but went on to become a bit of a national treasure. Brian Aldridge can be a pain, and has caused much unhappiness, but his love for Ruairi is unquestionable...

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  12. Upsetting people on Today

    Friday 12 November 2010, 13:55

    Which Today programme presenter reportedly said he wants to "upset" more people?

    Dead easy.

    John Humphrys surely?

    Well, no actually.

    Step forward Mr Nice-Guy himself, the ever courteous Justin Webb, widely admired by many Feedback listeners for the way he doesn't interrupt every few seconds. Naturally...

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  13. BBC Monitoring at Caversham - hard of hearing?

    Friday 5 November 2010, 14:00

    Editor's note: this week's item from Radio 4's accountability programme Feedback is about BBC Monitoring after the renegotiated licence fee settlement - SB

    Shortly before his execution Charles 1 was taken to Caversham Park near Reading, where he wrote to his son James to arrange their last meeting....

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  14. Charm offensive? Nick Clegg on Desert Island Discs

    Friday 29 October 2010, 14:55

    In Feedback this week we discussed the deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg but listeners weren't concerned about what he said on Desert island Discs about his inability to give up smoking, or where he took his girlfriends in the days before he met his wife.

    No, our correspondents were concerned about whether...

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  15. Feedback's back

    Friday 8 October 2010, 14:30

    Since Feedback came off the air in late August, the BBC has rarely been out of the headlines. There was Radio 1's Chris Moyles complaining at considerable length that he hadn't been paid. Then the Chairman of the BBC Trust, who had old me in June that he wanted his contract extended, suddenly changed...

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  16. Mark Damazer's four favourite Radio 4 programmes

    Friday 20 August 2010, 14:55

    Mark Damazer, outgoing Controller of BBC Radio 4

    This week sees the last of Feedback until the autumn and probably the last ever appearance on it of Mark Damazer, as Controller of Radio 4 anyway. He is soon off to Oxford to become Head of St Peter's College. Judged by audience numbers he is going out on the crest of a wave. Listening figures for his...

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  17. Radio 4 and Naomi Campbell's blood diamonds testimony

    Friday 13 August 2010, 14:55

    Troops loyal to Charles Taylor, Sierra Leone

    "Why did this trial only appear on the BBC's News radar when there was a celebrity event to cover?" - Julie Smith.

    "The BBC seems to be becoming like the tabloid newspapers, caught up in the cult of celebrity" - Cynthia Wells.

    "The message is loud and clear that it is important because famous people are...

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  18. In defence of trails

    Friday 6 August 2010, 14:55

    Radio 4 Today studio control booth view 600

    Editor's note: this week's item from Feedback, Radio 4's weekly accountability programme, concerns the highly contentious issue of trails. Putting his head in the lion's mouth to defend them is network manager, Denis Nowlan. Brave man - SB

    What is it about trails that so excites or rather inflames the...

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  19. Roger Bolton talks to Kirsty Young about Desert Island Discs

    Friday 30 July 2010, 14:55

    Kirsty Young in the studio

    Editor's note: this week's item from Feedback, Radio 4's accountability programme, is an interview with Kirsty Young, presenter of one of Radio 4's best-loved programmes: Desert Island Discs.

    In the days of Roy Plomley the production of Desert Island Discs was a relaxed, some would say civilised,...

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  20. Roger Bolton talks to Steve Herrmann about the redesigned news homepage

    Friday 23 July 2010, 14:55

    BBC News homepage

    Editor's note: this week's item from Feedback, Radio 4's accountability programme, concerns the redesign of one of the BBC's biggest web sites - SB.

    Most of the comments - OK, complaints - we get on Feedback are about programmes (and of course trails, and grammar and pronunciation and presenters like...

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