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Adrian Van Klaveren at the Radio Festival

Nigel Smith Nigel Smith | 10:50 UK time, Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Last week the UK radio industry's great and good gathered in Salford, 5 live's future home, for the Radio Academy's annual Festival.

As part of the Meet the Controller sessions the Guardian's Matt Wells interviewed our boss Adrian Van Klaveren. Here are two clips from the event.

What will 5 live sound like in Salford?

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"The most democratic national station"

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Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    "The most democratic national station"

    A strange claim when the comments and questions on the blog are often ignored or simply dismissed as being from a very small minority of listeners. Typical spin.

  • Comment number 2.

    "The most democratic national station"

    I think I shall file that with "impartiality is in our genes"

    We need to get a wider spectrum of people into the higher echelons of the BBC...

  • Comment number 3.

    "A strange claim when the comments and questions on the blog are often ignored or simply dismissed as being from a very small minority of listeners. Typical spin."

    Repetitve, insulting, tedious, are some of the words i would use to describe the majority of comments which come from the " small minority of listeners" pestering Nigel Smith et al, is akin to stamping your feet like Children, demanding you get your way.

    No wonder the comments and questions are ignored

  • Comment number 4.

    Fedster's back, just in time for the Rajars.

  • Comment number 5.

    Well it certainly is strange and a real shame that Fedster gets upset and worked up over listeners having an opinion on what is after all and in the words of the controller himself ' The most democratic national station '. Bravo to democracy I say and for that reason I am quite sure that AVK appreciates and welcomes the fact that the actual listener is able to comment on 5lives output be it good or bad.

  • Comment number 6.

    One wonders what the was said in the full interview? Was the hypocrisy of the Controller not moving to Salford discussed? Was the ridiculous waste of money for not one minute more of programming broached? Was the largesse being lavished on BBC employees at the taxpayers expense (£1900 per MONTH) exposed?

    One wonders.

    Why not put up the full interview?

    This is just propaganda.

  • Comment number 7.

    @ryanw - these videos were produced by volunteers with a limited amount of time. I'll see if I can get an encoded version of the full interview.

  • Comment number 8.

    Nigel, how about some answers to our questions, the Twitter post, the Salford post... need I go on?

  • Comment number 9.

    @ryanw - Apologies for the delay in writing those posts. I have not forgotten. Will try to get them done in the next couple of weeks.

  • Comment number 10.

    Nigel, how much time do you devote to the blog? What other Interactive responsibilities do you have. Seems to me that the 5Live blog is neglected by you.

    Do you remember this?

    "I appreciate that it's frustrating when comments aren't acknowledged, questions not answered and people who you've got used to seeing writing posts disappear after a while. I can't guarantee that I'll meet all your expectations but I will endeavour to make sure no one is left in the lurch from now on."

    -- Nigel Smith, Monday, 6 September 2010

    You made the mistake -- like so many before you -- of raising expectations and haven't delivered on them.

    We're still waiting for _any_ of the questions in the humorously titled "Your Questions Answered" thread to be answered too.

    Hope you enjoyed your film festival though.

 

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