team of editors to take over at Today
team of editors is set to take over the Today programme next week
- from Monday 29 December to Friday 2 January.
five, invited by Today Editor Kevin Marsh, will choose some of the
issues to be tackled on the programme.
guest editors are author Monica Ali (Monday); Lord Tebbit
(Tuesday); Radiohead's Thom Yorke (Wednesday); radio
critic Gillian Reynolds (Thursday); and Professor Stephen
Hawking said: "Today is the most influential programme on the
radio so I welcomed the opportunity to raise issues I consider important."
Ali said: "Why did I agree to do this? I like a challenge.
And I don't think this kind of opportunity is going to come around
Kevin Marsh said: "Judging from the letters and emails I get,
everybody thinks they can edit Today. Well ... here's the chance
for five of our better known listeners to prove it."
guest editors will be responsible for between a quarter and a third
of each programme's output - though there will be the normal day
and night editors on hand to make sure that their material is newsworthy
and stays within the law, the bounds of taste and decency and the
BBC Producers' Guidelines.
guest editors also have the support of Today producers and reporters
to turn their ideas into radio journalism - and most will be in
the studio during the transmission of their own programme.
programme Christmas poll invites listeners to re-write the laws
of the land (16.12.03)
on BBC 6 Music (15.12.03)
Marsh appointed Editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme (18.11.02)
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as on satellite and cable.
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