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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by Leigh Aspin (U13195017) on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

    To all our messageboard users

    I’m the editor of the Radio 4 and Radio 7 websites and I’m writing with what will be sad news for some loyal messageboard users: we will be closing the Radio 4 and Radio 7 messageboards (with the exception of The Archers) at the end of this month.

    As you may be aware from recent news reports, BBC Online’s budget is being cut significantly and, with fewer people in my team, I’m having to review our activity and prioritise those services which attract greater audience numbers and offer the greatest editorial value.

    It is a fact that, after many years, these messageboards attract a very small number of users. In the case of Radio 4’s messageboard, only around 350 different people post in a month and fewer than 3000 people worldwide visit the messageboards (this out of an average of 1m weekly visitors to our website in January).

    And with only a couple of exceptions, the comments posted on these boards do not tend to feed into programming or other output. Where particular programmes have used the messageboards for on air content (eg Questions, Questions) we will be able to offer dedicated comments threads linked to from their programme pages. The Archers messageboard will remain for the time being.

    We will continue to develop other ways for Radio 4’s audience to engage with the station’s output, as we have with some success during the last year. Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra will share the current Radio 4 blog from 2 April. We plan to increase the range of contributors and as ever we will welcome comments there. We will offer specific, programme-related comments threads where we can. We are planning a number of interactive initiatives around upcoming Radio 4 series and events. And we will continue to engage with you via our newsletters, Facebook pages and Twitter profiles.

    The closure will take place on Friday 1 April, to give you time to close existing conversations and, if you desire, make plans to regroup elsewhere on the web. I realise this will be a disappointment to some of you but I hope that you will continue to engage with us in other ways from April.

  • Message 2

    , in reply to message 1.

    Posted by Rikiiboy (U2634015) on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

    Hi all,it appears we are all on a weeks notice.smiley - sadface

    Maybe we are an insignificant number but through our up and downs I suppose we have all whiled away many an hour on these boards.I for one am gutted at the thought of losing so many cyber friends and would like to extend my hearty apologies to anyone I may have unintentionally offended over these last few years.

    If I may state too that you've all been wonderful company and you will leave a void that is going to take a very long time to fill.

    My greatest regards to all of you.Cedric.

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  • Message 3

    , in reply to message 1.

    Posted by suzeemoon (U3669767) on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

    What a shame - at least justification makes more sense than the closure of Woman's messages can be sent.Hour board. Anyone fancy setting up a Mornington Crescent or RBQ board? Or are RBQers planning on using Sin's board?
    Suzee
    ps if anyone wants to find me - it's easy - just google and find blog where messages can be left. Will also check for messages at Sin's

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  • Message 4

    , in reply to message 2.

    Posted by davidofleigh (U4461926) on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

    Darn.

    Gosh we were good at this.

    To all of you who have entertained and astonished me with your wit, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    With a tear in my eye, farewell (for now?)

    david

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  • Message 5

    , in reply to message 4.

    Posted by offasmate (U14173562) on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

    It is sad,so very sad, that the BBC can spend millions on the likes of J. Ross. whom, in my opinion, has less talent in his whole body, than I have in my left ear, yet cannot afford to keep a simple message board open.

    It has been a great pleasure knowing all of you and Yes, I too will miss you and all of the laughs, giggles and sometimes heartaches, that we have been through.

    Have a good life.

    Derek

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  • Message 6

    , in reply to message 2.

    Posted by Polly and Pixie (U2130296) on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

    Hello, dear Rick.

    Remember where you can find the original bunch of friends. Let's not lose contact.

    P&P

    -X-

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  • Message 7

    , in reply to message 6.

    Posted by Rikiiboy (U2634015) on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

    Hi all,is there an April fool here?

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  • Message 8

    , in reply to message 1.

    Posted by PAW (U2055246) on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

    By closing the BBC boards the discussions about BBC radio will become splintered and diluted, almost as if discussion was seen as a thing to be suppressed.

    Having a centeral and official board to comment about programmes is by far the best way to do it. It's the obvious place to look for the conversation. I'm listening to a programme on Radio 4 so the message board about it will be on the Radio 4 web site, right? No, you have to rely on the BBC blogs, which won't allow you to start a conversation, and will be on a very limited range of subjects, or you can go to an unofficial messageboard, assuming you can find one, where there'll be a minimal community.

    People who aren't regular board users won't know about the unofficial alternatives and will frustrated by the limitations of the BBC blogs. The current users will find they have to move between boards to continue any debates, and many will stop contributing because there won't be a single place with a large enough community to keep things fresh, or else they'll stick to one place because of the sense of community and will be lost to the other boards.

    I'm not going to start another message board, but on my web site, www.radiolistings.co.uk, I'll be adding links to all the BBC Radio related boards I can find. If you're starting one or already running one, please contact me so I don't miss it.

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  • Message 9

    , in reply to message 3.

    Posted by Mathos-le-Rhymer (U2504551) on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

    suzee, RBQ was tryed over in Sins once but didnae work, maybe Arena's board would be a good place for that quiz?
    Sin's board would welcome any well behaved boys & girls orphaned by R4 boards on April 1st

    sinsoriginals.proboa...

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  • Message 10

    , in reply to message 9.

    Posted by honestlongjon (U7414667) on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

    It is sad news, a little of me is being taken away.

    Any suggestions as to where I might find entertainment and all the things these boards have given me over the years.

    Compliments and all the best to you all

    Jonathan

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  • Message 11

    , in reply to message 10.

    Posted by Polly and Pixie (U2130296) on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

    Well, Pixie and I entertain at times. You know the sort - poetry recitations, piano playing, hunt the mouse. You are most welcome to join us. But beware - Pixie isn't keen on strangers...

    P&P

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  • Message 12

    , in reply to message 9.

    Posted by Polly and Pixie (U2130296) on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

    Hi, Mathos.

    Wouldn't you agree that Pixie is entertaining? smiley - winkeye He does contribute in conversations, doesn't he.

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  • Message 13

    , in reply to message 9.

    Posted by suzeemoon (U3669767) on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

    Hi Mathos,
    What's "Arena"?
    I do like RBQ and players but not all are comfortable over at Sin's and as you said - RBQ didn't work there...
    I was wondering about Upstairs at The Bull over on Archers MB which has word games section and is still a Beeb noticeboard for forseeable future.
    Wonder what others think?
    www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mb...

    Suzee
    xxxx

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  • Message 14

    , in reply to message 13.

    Posted by artistlily (U11263229) on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

    I don't know why anyone is surprised. The number of posters has only shrunk due to the dreadful curtailing of what we like to post, and constant "refreshing" us to "New Threads". No wonder so many people got fed up.
    This used to be, and not so long ago, a thriving community of cyber friends.
    People were hounded away, that is the truth. Let's not be coy BBC: call it what it is.

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  • Message 15

    , in reply to message 13.

    Posted by waiting4atickle (U1982670) on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

    Re RBQ, I'd prefer the h2g2 Games Room, Suzee - if it is to continue.

    Arena is a crossword meister and now has a proboard at crossword.proboards.... Could be right up your street.

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  • Message 16

    , in reply to message 5.

    Posted by O Tempora O Mores (U14540735) on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

    Sorry Derek, more bad news. Left ear auditions have also been cancelled.

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  • Message 17

    , in reply to message 16.

    Posted by Phil1954 (U5848799) on Thursday, 24th March 2011

    Well, goodbye everyone-it's been fun and entertaining.

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  • Message 18

    , in reply to message 15.

    Posted by suzeemoon (U3669767) on Thursday, 24th March 2011

    I'm happy to be camp follower - just let us know...

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  • Message 19

    , in reply to message 18.

    All this user's posts have been removed. Why?

  • Message 20

    , in reply to message 1.

    Posted by Johnny (U14252541) on Friday, 25th March 2011

    I suppose we must see this as typical of a public body spending other people's money.

    Spend a fortune on a revamp, work on the gltiches thus caused, and then when they have just got everything ironed out, including a precise time of the last post.....close it down.

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  • Message 21

    , in reply to message 20.

    Posted by Mr_Red (U4022339) on Saturday, 26th March 2011

    Methinks this was inevitable. Like programmes - some roll on, some run out of steam. Some run into doggeral and can't find their way back.

    If you doubt me - look around you.

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  • Message 22

    , in reply to message 21.

    Posted by offasmate (U14173562) on Saturday, 26th March 2011

    Whose bloody money is it, with which they juggle so erratically and albeit, unsuccessfully?

    OURS...but you'd never know it!

    Isn't it time that the BBC was brought to boot and was made to be accountable to its licence holders?

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  • Message 23

    , in reply to message 22.

    Posted by Johnny (U14252541) on Saturday, 26th March 2011

    Once you hand over the money it is theirs. You are paying to receive whatever rubbish they choose to broadcast by whatever medium.

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  • Message 24

    , in reply to message 1.

    Posted by anonymous2009 (U13793126) on Saturday, 26th March 2011

    sad news for some loyal messageboard users... 
    I suspect only contributors on The Archers sections will be left not feeling sad, not "some" of us, but perhaps all of the contributors here, as this is the obvious place to enquire about content (such as my query over a 3-5 minute interview with a lad who had given up playing on a games system and is now back to team sports)... no way such queries could get discussed with other listeners via the Blog.

    The BBC has continuously chased technology, experimenting with videocasts of Material World, and now BBC R3 expected to have a higher quality audio stream on the internet. You experiment for the heck of it, and wipe out services people have grown used to. Some "radio futurologist" used to work for the BBC and I think even he was critical of DAB being used (rather than DAB+).

    We're going to be left behind the rest of the world, so new DAB sets will be for the RoW not UK because no-one seems to have the chance to push for DAB+ and rather than say "No, we need to replace DAB entirely", go along with expanding the current outdated system. DAB goes back to 1990 doesn't it?

    prioritise those services which attract greater audience numbers and offer the greatest editorial value.

    after many years, these messageboards attract a very small number of users. 

    It was quite clunky some time ago, and maybe that affected use. Glad you can now include quotes easily, but it seems too little, too late. Being closed for some hours when people may have ideas is another "downer", and uncommon if not unique. Being closed when "Today" is on must be a problem, too.

    Other publishers work on retro-moderation, or can have volunteer moderators, but the decision by the BBC to have full-time staff to do this is part of the problem, and cost-base. Others seem to get by, and it surely only needed to have a minimum number of paid staff to accept and check reports of abusive/ unsuitable posts.

    Oh, no, not the way for the BBC, full-time staff and (relatively) high costs, and then have to close boards when overspending has taken place. If only there was a bit less TV, it would surely pay for all your staff to be maintained.


    And with only a couple of exceptions, the comments posted on these boards do not tend to feed into programming or other output. 
    Do you take messageboard contributions into new "Archers" story lines then, or is this a justification for non-Archers boards only ?


    I realise this will be a disappointment to some of you but I hope that you will continue to engage with us in other ways from April.

    ... we will continue to engage with you via our newsletters, Facebook pages and Twitter profiles. 

    I will read the newsletter, and perhaps Blog posts, but I don't "engage" or "follow" or care for FaceBook or Twitter. Why switch to commercial services and give them free promotion when you have mechanisms on your own site?

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  • Message 25

    , in reply to message 24.

    Posted by artistlily (U11263229) on Sunday, 27th March 2011

    As a resident of Australia, we rely heavily on the World Service ... we heard today that this too is to be curtailed.

    Fuming.

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  • Message 26

    , in reply to message 25.

    Posted by Johnny (U14252541) on Sunday, 27th March 2011

    Perhaps you could contribute to the licence fee

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  • Message 27

    , in reply to message 26.

    Posted by anonymous2009 (U13793126) on Sunday, 27th March 2011

    World Service is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and has been separate from the UK TV Licence for years (not sure if it was ever funded from the TVL).

    I don't know if that is expected to change, nor do I know how some programmes which are played on both R4 and WS are funded (50:50 or does the programme maker get two separate fees as if the other source of funds did not exist - nice gravy train if you can get it).

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  • Message 28

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    This posting has been hidden during moderation because it broke the House Rules in some way.

  • Message 29

    , in reply to message 28.

    Posted by honestlongjon (U7414667) on Wednesday, 30th March 2011

    It's time for the last post

    farewell Radio 4 Messageboards and thank you for the good times

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  • Message 30

    , in reply to message 1.

    Posted by MabelJane (U2125145) on Wednesday, 30th March 2011

    Goodbye to the R4 boards, and an especially fond farewell to Mornington Crescent where I made friends with a certain cyber-person who's now a very special real-person in my life. Thanks Humph!

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  • Message 31

    , in reply to message 30.

    Posted by Rikiiboy (U2634015) on Wednesday, 30th March 2011

    Hi MJ,wonderful to hear from you once moresmiley - rose

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  • Message 32

    , in reply to message 31.

    Posted by MabelJane (U2125145) on Wednesday, 30th March 2011

    Thanks Rikiiboy and hello too to Polly and Mathos.
    Love, MJ xxx

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  • Message 33

    , in reply to message 32.

    Posted by suzeemoon (U3669767) on Wednesday, 30th March 2011

    It's been fun. Hope to see RBQ folk over new place - Nice to have an RC quiz over there.

    Suzee
    xxxxxx

    ps Im easy to find - just "google" me for my sleazy hangouts including my blog and R4's PM [wink]

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  • Message 34

    , in reply to message 33.

    Posted by artistlily (U11263229) on Thursday, 31st March 2011

    Goodbye to all the nice people. You know who you are. xxlilxx

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  • Message 35

    , in reply to message 34.

    Posted by chris crossing (U9023844) on Thursday, 31st March 2011


    Farewell all and thanks for the ride. Hoping to see you in another reality soon.
    cc
    xxx
    smiley - rose

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  • Message 36

    , in reply to message 1.

    Posted by waiting4atickle (U1982670) on Thursday, 31st March 2011


    The closure will take place on Friday 1 April
     


    This doesn't seem very precise. Anyone know the time of the last post?
    Will there be a five minute warning?

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  • Message 37

    , in reply to message 36.

    Posted by suzeemoon (U3669767) on Thursday, 31st March 2011

    I can't remember what happened at end of WH board.

    To my surprise, if you saved a link to a Beeb board it still works after closure and ghost threads must be alll over the place. Here's one I prepared earlier - Warning - contains adult themes!:
    www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mb...

    So if technology is the same, now is the time to create your own ghost threads of your favourinte Beeb dialogues...

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  • Message 38

    , in reply to message 37.

    All this user's posts have been removed. Why?

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