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Martha Kearney, presenter of The World at One

Next Monday 7 November the much talked about schedule changes take place.

The big change is that The World at One will have an extra 15 minutes. As a result the weekday afternoon schedule has been changed and some programmes have also moved day. For example, The Film Programme is now on Thursday afternoons rather than Friday.

Radio 4's scheduling guru Tony Pilgrim is going to blog at the end of the week about the changes and also answer any of your questions about the new schedule. So do leave you questions at the end of this post.

Gwyn has blogged previously about the changes and in particular her desire to extend the World at One. You can read Gwyn's posts here and here.

In the meantime I've compiled a list of the Monday to Friday afternoons so you can see the programmes that have moved and the changes that have been made.

Monday:

  • 1.00pm World at One
  • 1.45pm 15 minute weekly series (previously 3.45pm)
  • 2.00pm The Archers
  • 2.15pm Afternoon Play
  • 3.00pm Quiz (previously 1.30pm)
  • 3.30pm Food Programme repeat (previously 4pm)
  • 4.00pm Popular arts (previously 11.30am Tuesdays)
  • 4.30pm Beyond Belief/The Infinite Monkey Cage

Tuesday:

  • 11.30am Music documentary (previously 1.30pm)
  • 12.04pm Call You and Yours
  • 1.00pm World at One
  • 1.45pm 15 minute weekly series (previously 3.45pm)
  • 2.00pm The Archers
  • 2.15pm Afternoon Play
  • 3.00pm Making History/Home Planet
  • 3.30pm Off The Page (previously 1.30pm Thursday) or Costing the Earth (previously 9pm Wednesday)

Wednesday:

  • 1.00pm World at One
  • 1.45pm 15 minute weekly series (previously 3.45pm)
  • 2.00pm The Archers
  • 2.15pm Afternoon Play
  • 3.00pm Money Box Live
  • 3.30pm Science/Health repeat (previously 4.30pm)
  • 4.00pm Thinking Allowed
  • 4.30pm Media Show (previously 1.30pm)

Thursday:

  • 1.00pm World at One
  • 1.45pm 15 minute weekly series (previously 3.45pm)
  • 2.00pm The Archers
  • 2.15pm Afternoon Play
  • 3.00pm Open Country/Ramblings
  • 3.30pm Book club/Open book (previously 4.00pm)
  • 4.00pm The Film Programme (previously 4.30pm Friday)
  • 4.30pm Material World (previously 4.30pm)

Friday:

  • 1.00pm World at One
  • 1.45pm 15 minute weekly series (previously 3.45pm)
  • 2.00pm The Archers
  • 2.15pm Afternoon Play
  • 3.00pm Gardeners' Question Time
  • 3.45pm Short story (the other short story slot is now Sunday at 7.45pm)
  • 4.00pm Last Word
  • 4.30pm Feedback/More or Less (previously 1.30pm)

Other things to note: The Monday afternoon repeat of Archive on 4 has been dropped.

Paul Murphy is the editor of the Radio 4 blog

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  • Comment number 86. Posted by CMHGoathland

    on 17 Nov 2011 15:24

    Thank you Radio 4, my owner has a new lease of life. Until now 1pm to 2.15pm was very boring while she listened to the radio. Now we can go out for walks, tidy the garden and go visiting my doggy friends - it's an extra hour and a quarter when I have her attention. Finnegan
    PS: we catch up with "The Archers" on Sunday

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  • Comment number 85. Posted by Paul Murphy

    on 16 Nov 2011 12:50

    Hello All

    I've done a post of two radio critics' responses (Gillian Reynolds in the Telegraph and Miranda Sawyer in the Observer) to the extended WATO. The post is here and links to the pieces in question.

    Also Radio 4's controller is on Feedback this Friday (at its new time) when Roger Bolton will no doubt be asking about the new schedule and how it's going.

    Thanks Paul

  • Comment number 84. Posted by Keithatsibford

    on 15 Nov 2011 14:25

    We are just over a week into the BBC Radio 4 changes and I think I will give up listening. I used to enjoy my lunch time with Radio 4 - half an hour of news and comment and then half an hour of entertainment. The extended news slot has added nothing to the information content - just longer pieces. And then a fifteen minute science and history lesson. My lunch time break is to relax and enjoy!

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  • Comment number 83. Posted by michael

    on 14 Nov 2011 16:38

    We wish to add our complaint to all those others regarding the new Radio 4 lunchtime schedules. As active retirees we used to enjoy our snack lunch listening to WatO (30mins of Martha was enough!) followed by the Quizzes, Muusic docs, Off the Page, etc . Sadly they are all now at later times when we have moved away from the Radio to do other things (minding grand children etc!). And as for moving Roger Bolton & Feedback to 4.30pm on a Friday!! A very cynical move in our opinion. Cannot help but conclude that this to avoid airing listeners' comments to a wider audience. We hope that the BBC get lots of complaints and have the courage to reverse these decisions.

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  • Comment number 82. Posted by abowie

    on 12 Nov 2011 09:44

    Further to my posting 69, credit where credit's due - the last 3 mornings the 7.59 weather forecast on the Today programme has taken place at 7.57. Well done, Today presenters, for not rabbiting on too long!

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  • Comment number 81. Posted by XDavid

    on 12 Nov 2011 08:37

    It isn't The World at One that should have been extended: it's The World Tonight -- that's much the most informative current affairs programme that I've heard (or seen) on BBC, with good international coverage that doesn't occur elsewhere.

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  • Comment number 80. Posted by CMHGoathland

    on 11 Nov 2011 15:07

    Just listened to "Laurels and Donkeys" - superb and very moving - When you get it right Radio 4 you really get it right - many thanks. Shame I've got to wait till 4.30 for "Feedback"

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  • Comment number 79. Posted by orkneym

    on 11 Nov 2011 11:00

    I detect another excuse for cost cutting! It is the use of an Omnibus programme - this time replacing I assume permanently the Friday Play at 21.00. Is there no end to it all?

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  • Comment number 78. Posted by bal2tutor

    on 11 Nov 2011 10:36

    Thanks for the Radio 4 article on Windows 7 infection. I had no sooner switched off after the programme than I received the same telephone call word for word. I put down the 'phone after a brief chat.

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  • Comment number 77. Posted by Fenny

    on 10 Nov 2011 23:31

    I'm not really fussed either way about WatO being extended. I am sad about the loss of the 1.30 slot, as there were some interesting things on then. But the move that's most frustrating to me is shifting the Film Programme.

    Mon-Thurs I finish work at 5pm and listen to PM on the way home. On a Friday, we finish at 4.30, so I can listen to the fantastic Film Programme on the way home and hopefully get some pointers on what to see at the flicks over the weekend. There's next to no chance I'm likely to hear it at 4pm on a Thursday.

    Yes, I can listen again. I have the RSS feed on my blog page, so I know when there's a new programme to listen to. But that sort of defeats the object of listening on the way home at the end of a long week.

    But I can't complain. I got so sick of the lack of content on television that I no longer have a TV licence, so I'm not paying for any of this.

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