Welcome to the 5 live blog
We're about to relaunch the 5 live website and among the many developments we've been planning is the creation of this blog.
Why am I doing it? Well, I want to tell you more about what's going on at Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra - everything from current issues and changes we're planning to the story of our move to our new home in Salford which is scheduled for 2011. The next couple of years should be very exciting for this station and I and my colleagues want to use this blog to make sure you've got the inside track about what's happening. We'll try to provide behind-the-scenes pictures and background information as we do something no other national radio station in the UK has done before: moving 200 miles whilst maintaining and developing a 24-hour radio station.
And of course it's not just an important development for 5 live but for the BBC as a whole. BBC North includes the move of BBC Sport, BBC Children, BBC Learning and parts of Future Media and Technology as well as providing a new home for the 800 or so BBC staff who currently work at Oxford Road in Manchester. It's a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the BBC to redefine itself and I want this blog to help capture the full story of how it feels along the way.
To work properly this needs to be a two-way process - something which the 5 livewire - which this in part replaces - could never really achieve. We want to hear your thoughts, comments and questions and we'll try to respond to them as best we can. We'll always try to be open and direct as well as informal and accessible - in fact I hope just like 5 live sounds on air. There are many things to talk about - from the move to digital to our plans for covering the next General Election or London 2012. So please come back next week as we begin the next stage of our journey. See you on our new site.