Archives for November 2011
On Tuesday lunchtime, the Chancellor George Osborne will deliver what's known as his Autumn Statement.
Gloriously vacuous Westminster language, which translates into vaguely fluent human as an economic state of the country address. A sort of mini budget, ish.
I reported from Leicester, Hinckley, Wolverhampton and Birmingham. From a mum on the school run in rural Leicestershire to a whistle factory in the West Midlands, we attempted to reflect what, in practical terms, the blizzard of pessimism means.
We also - alongside BBC Breakfast television and the BBC News website - commissioned the polling organisation Comres to conduct a poll along similar lines, and also tap into the country's views on Wednesday's public sector strikes.
Brad Pitt as Billy Beane in Moneyball
Moneyball. If you hadn't seen the posters with Brad Pitt looking out at you, there's every reason for you to think that it was the title of a forthcoming James Bond movie. Or a trick shot in pool. Or a clever pitch in baseball. Actually tonight's programme on 5 live contains elements of all three. It's the film of a book, rooted in baseball, embracing a philosophy which initially was written off as a bad joke. But it changed the way sport is played. All over the world.
Where else on national radio could you pick up the phone and have a chat with the UK's most senior policeman?
An hour of conversation, with questions via text and calls from you.
Our move to Salford is now very nearly complete and within the next few weeks all our shows, with a couple of exceptions, will be coming from the new studios here in MediaCityUK.
Some of you have asked us about the new studios and how they work, so here's Tony Livesey to give you an idea of what goes on behind the scenes.
Will Cooper is a senior content producer at 5 live.
"The journey to a more balanced world economy will be long and arduous."
I guess it is the economic equivalent of a weatherman telling us it is going to rain every day for the next six months, but hey, it may only be cloudy on Wednesday 18th July 2012.
Sitting inside the Wulfrun Shopping Centre in Wolverhampton, it's not just the economic climate that feels decidedly chilly. Clutching steaming mugs of tea and coffee, shoppers grabbing a cuppa keep their coats on. A woman at the next table even has her woolly hat on.
We're here to meet Saxon. He is what the statisticians call a 'NEET' - a young person not in education, employment or training.
Saxon is 22. He's chatty, articulate and fed up. And he's one in a million.
I said yes as soon as they asked me. 5 live wanted to do something special for Remembrance Weekend, and the chance to join the men and women paying tribute on the frontline in Afghanistan was too special to miss. I was full of anticipation as I packed my things and clambered about the huge C17 transport plane that would deliver me to my home for the next week - Camp Bastion.
And before he appeared on The One Show, I was granted 20 minutes with the tongued god himself in the programmes ‘Green Room’; a room that isn’t actually green, just in case you were wondering.
Upon arrival I found Gene struggling to pin a poppy to his suit jacket; it upset me to see such a giant of rock have his mood taken down by a tiny paper flower, like the Incredible Hulk struggling to contain a tiny yet pretty enemy.
Whilst the struggle continued, the interview began…
At demonstrations, we always hear from the demonstrators. Of course we do, it'd be odd if we didn't. But covering the riots in London over the summer, and the student demonstrations of the last year, I have been struck by the challenges the police face. And more than once they've been criticised for being outnumbered and outwitted.
So this time I asked if I could shadow them for the day. It was an insight into the multidimensional game of chess they play, on the streets, during a big event where there could be trouble.
How many officers should be deployed? Is it counterproductive to be perceived to have too many? At what point should roads be closed - causing gridlock? At what point should demonstrators be arrested? Is it better to be seen to be no nonsense and aggressive, or friendly? Is it wise to say in advance that if things get violent rubber bullets could be used?
Last night at an illustrious dinner in Manchester Peter Allen was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame (along with his former colleague Jane Garvey as well as Andy Peebles and Sir Jimmy Young).
The sound quality isn't great but I thought you might like to hear Peter's acceptance speech.
The Radio Academy Hall of Fame recognises "those legendary voices who make and have made an outstanding contribution to the sound of British radio and to British cultural life" and everyone at 5 live is obviously delighted that Peter's been honoured.
What are your favourite moments from Peter's 5 live career?
The Radio Academy Hall of Fame
Thanks to Heather Davies for recording the speech on her phone!