Find Listen Label (beta)

Find and Listen to snippets within radio programmes. Read and create Labels with simple descriptions and keyword tags. The more you Label the more everyone can Find!


This is a tool for adding notes to radio programmes. You can split the programme into smaller sections, called snippets, and then add a Label.

Radio programmes can be split into snippets, like chapters. These may be associated with articles in the programme, like interviews, or just mark out interesting bits. The purpose of dividing the programmes like this is to make it easier for everyone to Find and Listen to specific parts of the programme

It is also a wiki - this means that anybody, including you, can edit any of the information for everybody to see. This allows you, the listeners, to work together to create something that is useful to everybody.


Labels are always related to a snippet of a programme and have a title, description and some keyword tags describing that part of the programme.

Labels should be factual, but could contain background information that the programme didn't include, interesting facts about things mentioned or even corrections to facts that were wrong. They are not designed to be used for comment and discussion - that's what the BBC Messageboards are for.

All the existing Labels for each programme can be found listed in the centre of the page.

You can edit any Label (including its start and end points) by hitting the Edit button to add or change any of the information there. You can also add your own Label to any part of the programme that has not yet been Labelled.


To play the programme hit the big Play button. This button will change to a Pause button when playing. Hitting it again will pause the programme.

The loudspeaker icon on the far right of the timeline lets you change the volume. Click and drag over the bars to the left to change the volume.

Green blocks on the timeline show snippets that have already been Labelled. You can easily Listen to a particular section of audio by using the Forward and Back buttons to skip between them or by clicking on the snippets themselves in the timeline..

If you hover over a green block on the timeline, the name of its Label will preview in the bar just below the timeline.

Each Label listed in the centre of the page has a Play icon on its left. Hitting this will play that snippet of audio. Hitting it again will pause playback.

Reading a Label

All existing Labels for the programme can be found listed in the page under the timeline. Scroll down the page to view all the titles.

Clicking on the title for a Label will expand its description. There can only be one Label expanded at any time.

All keyword tags for the Label are highlighted in the right-hand bar when the Label is expanded.

Finding a label

Hovering over the green blocks, or snippets, in the timeline will preview the Label title in the bar just below the timeline.

You can Find all Labels tagged with the same keyword simply by clicking a keyword tag in the right-hand bar.

Keyword Tags

You can add one or more ‘keyword tags’ to a Label. This makes it easier for you and others to Find particular topics. A keyword is a word or short phrase that describes the content - eg, an interview with Kevin Spacey may be given the keyword tags “Kevin Spacey", "film" and "interview".

To add a keyword tag, click Edit This by the Label’s description.
Edit This

You will see a page with three text boxes – one for the title, another for the description, and the last for keyword tags.

Edit Screen

We suggest that keyword tags should be single words or names that succinctly describe the snippet.

Hit Save Changes to save your keyword tags and return to the main screen.

You can see all the keyword tags for a programme in the right-hand side of the page. Relevant keyword tags will be highlighted in red when a Label is expanded.


If you click on a keyword tag, the tool will Find all Labels from the programme with that keyword.

Editing a Label

To edit anything in this tool you must be signed in. You can tell if you are signed in by looking at the bar at the top of the page. Click here for more information about signing in.

To edit a Label simply click the Edit This button.

Edit This

To see this button, you will need to expand the Label by clicking its title.

This takes you into the edit mode, where you will see three edit boxes - one for the Label’s title, one for the description and a third for the keyword tags.

Just type in your information or edit what is already there. When you are done, you must click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.

You can change the start and end positions of the snippet by clicking your mouse on the end you wish to move and then dragging it to the desired position. Note that snippets can't overlap and they don't have to butt up to each other.

The magnification buttons in the top right corner of the timeline let you zoom in and out of the timeline to help edit the start and end points of the snippet. Hit the Reset button to return the view to 100%.

Magnifying Buttons

Alternatively, if you have decided not to make any changes, ended up here by accident or just want to cancel your changes, then click the Cancel Changes button and you will be taken back to the playback screen.

Cancel Changes

Deleting a Label

To delete a Label, click the Edit This button, which will load the edit screen.

Then click the Delete This button at the bottom of the page. Note that this will remove the snippet from the programme and delete its Label but won’t affect the original audio.


Adding a Label

To add a new Label to the programme, drag the playhead to an unlabelled part of the timeline. Unlabelled areas are shown as white blocks. Then click the Add Label button.

Add a Label

This will take you to the edit screen where your new snippet will be marked with green bars on the timeline. You can now adjust the start and end times and add your title, description and keywords as described in the previous two sections.

You can’t create a snippet where one already exists. You will need to simply edit the existing Label rather than try to add a new one.

Editing Conflicts

Because this is a wiki, there could be two or more people trying to edit or change the same programme snippet at the same time. This can cause what we call ‘conflicts’ when saving changes.

If this happens, you will be presented with two versions of the Label - the first one saved by the other user, and the second showing your changes. You have the option to use or delete the other person’s changes or to create a new version that uses a combination of your version and the other user's version.

We would suggest using this last option as it promotes collaboration among the users of this tool.


The Edit History button at the bottom of the play-back page lets you see all the edits that have ever been made to a programme, from the most recent at the top to the oldest at the bottom.

Each edit produces a new ‘version’ of the programme and this page shows who made the edit, when they made it and gives a brief summary of what they did.

You can change the programme back to a previous version by clicking on the Revert To This button next to the version you want. This will create a new version of the programme based on that selected previous version.

This function can be really useful when you have made a mistake editing a page or when someone else has wrongly changed something. It is also very powerful, so use with care - you may be removing someone else's careful edits.

The Waveform

The audio waveform on the timeline shows how loud the programme is at any particular time.

This may be useful for Finding when people start speaking or for breaks between items in programmes.

Signing In

To edit anything in this tool you must be signed in. You can tell if you are signed in by looking at the bar top of the page.

If ‘You are not logged in. Click here to login’ is displayed then you will not be able to edit anything. To log in, click on the link and enter your email address in the dialog box that appears.

The status will change to ‘You are logged in’ and you can start editing.


When I hit the back button I get a funny message...

Because of the way the application works it is all actually the same page, so if you hit the back button you would leave the application and possibly lose any changes you have made. For this reason we have put in a warning message.

How do I move a segment past another one?

Because the application does not allow overlapping segments you may find you cannot move a segment to where you want it because another segment is in the way. If this happens then you may need to delete the segment and create it again in the new position. If you do need to do this then we recommend that you copy the annotation to the clipboard or a temporary text file and paste it back into the new segment that you create.

Why should I edit something?

Because sometimes you know better than we do or sometimes we haven't had enough time to put all the information into a programme that we would like. By all working together we can create something better than the original programme.

Why can't I add foreign characters?

We've got a small bug which means you cannot add foreign characters into your annotations. If you try to do this they will be replaced by X's after you save. We hope to fix this soon.

Why doesn't it work on my computer?

Find Listen Label requires JavaScript and Adobe Flash Player 8. It has been tested in Firefox (up to and Internet Explorer 6. It also uses quite large MP3 files for the audio so it may take a while to load.