Archives for January 2012

BBC Trust service review of BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

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Adrian Van-Klaveren Adrian Van-Klaveren | 11:00 UK time, Monday, 30 January 2012

BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten talking to 5 live Drive presenters Peter Allen and Aasmah Mir

The BBC Trust have today published an in-depth review of Radio 5 live and 5 live Sports Extra, based on extensive consultation with our listeners and detailed analysis of the station’s performance.

The report concludes that the stations are performing well and delivering real value to licence fee payers.

It praises our news coverage as having breadth, depth, wit and intelligence and nine out of ten listeners rate our sports coverage as high quality.

There are a number of recommendations and actions which we’ll be considering in detail over the next few weeks and developing plans to put into practice.

You can read the Trust’s full report here.

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Adrian Van Klaveren is the controller of BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC 5 Live Sports Extra.


Scottish independence, nuclear weapons and reflections on a road trip

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Chris Mason Chris Mason | 23:18 UK time, Saturday, 28 January 2012

The Scottish hills in snow.

It's a stunning approach. The surrounding hills have a thin veneer of snow carpeting their upper reaches. Below us, Gare Loch. The sort of view that has you instinctively reaching for your camera. Loch Lomond and the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park are close by, the Argyll Forest Park just to the west. But as the road begins its descent into Garelochhead, you get a sense this is no typically stunning Scottish vista.

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Scottish independence: so whose oil is it anyway?

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Chris Mason Chris Mason | 23:05 UK time, Thursday, 26 January 2012

Try having a conversation about Scottish independence, and see how long it lasts before the word 'oil' features. You're not likely to be kept waiting long.

So, for day four of our roadtrip for 5live, Radio 4 and the BBC News website, we turned up in Aberdeen, 180 miles up the road from Wednesday's stop over in Coldstream.

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The Olympic Fear

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Steve Houghton | 12:12 UK time, Thursday, 26 January 2012

Jessica Ennis

There are six months to go until the Olympic Games in London and many British athletes are on course to hit peak fitness at just the right time. But the threat of injury is never far away, as heptathlete Jessica Ennis found out in 2008.

Tipped to win a medal in Beijing, she had to withdraw from the Games because of a stress fracture to her right ankle. On Thursday, BBC Radio 5 live's London Calling will investigate how Olympians deal with the fear of injury and illness in the biggest year of their sporting lives.

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Burns Night in Coldstream

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Chris Mason Chris Mason | 20:46 UK time, Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Scottish poet Robbie Burns (1759 - 1796) in his cottage composing 'The Cotter's Saturday Night'. Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Ayrshire, the son of a farmer. In 1786 he published 'Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect' with a view to raising funds to emigrate to the West Indies. The success of the volume induced him to stay. He married Jean Armour, the mother of his children in 1788. Burns farmed at Ellisland until 1791 and also worked for the Excise Service to supplement his income. Most of his later literary work consisted of songs and he wrote many of his most famous works for 'A Collection of Original Scottish Airs' which included 'Auld Lang Syne', 'A Red, Red Rose' and 'Scots Wha Hae'. Burns died on July 21st 1796. His life and work are celebrated on Burns Night, 25th January. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images),

So we made it to Scotland in time for the big night. Only here in Coldstream, about a mile over the border, it turns out the big celebrations to mark the birthday of Scotland's national poet, Rabbie Burns, aren't happening until the weekend.

Apparently raising a glass or two to Scotland's most famous son is far too serious a business to be conducted on a weeknight.

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Northamptonshire and bagpipes: perpectives from Corby on Scottish independence

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Chris Mason Chris Mason | 21:52 UK time, Tuesday, 24 January 2012

We're propping up a bar. McEwans Export is available on draught. Amongst the strong stuff in front of us is Gordons gin and Bells whisky, the bottles hanging upside down in front of two Saltire flags. A picture of Rabbie Burns, variously described as Scotland's favourite son and the nation's best loved poet, hangs proudly on the wall. Rich Scottish accents abound.

So where are we? Peterhead? Wick? Partick? No - Northamptonshire.

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The Culture Club: how overseas players adapt to life in the UK

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Patrick Nathanson | 16:54 UK time, Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Former Leeds United and South Africa captain Lucas Radebe heads the ball away from Everton striker Franny Jeffers in a Premier League match in 2000.

By 5 live Sport producer Patrick Nathanson: From Oman to Barbados, Honduras to Senegal, an exotic assortment of diverse nationalities ply their trade on Premier League pitches up and down the country.

But just how easy is it for a foreign player to settle in the UK? What are the main cultural challenges and how much support is given to players to help overcome them?

On ‘The Culture Club’ we wanted to get the personal experiences of players who've been through the adjustment process - some with great success, others less so - managers who've gambled with foreign signings and the people behind the scenes who help players from different cultures adapt off the pitch so they deliver on it.

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5 live's 5 big questions about Scottish independence: Guernsey

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Chris Mason Chris Mason | 22:53 UK time, Monday, 23 January 2012

So Day 1 of 5 live's 5 big questions about Scottish independence brings us to Guernsey. We are about as far away from Scotland as you can get whilst still being in the British Isles. But this place offers some fascinating insights into the constitutional dilemma Scotland faces.

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Sport Relief 2012

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Danny Garlick | 10:14 UK time, Friday, 20 January 2012

JLS launch Sport Relief 2012

Sport Relief is back and 5 live helped launch the 2012 campaign, with a host of star names joining Eleanor Oldroyd during Thursday's 5 live Sport.

JLS spoke to her about their Sport Relief single 'Proud', while Frank Skinner fretted about attempting his Big Splash swimming challenge. Gary Lineker and Fearne Cotton chatted moments after emerging from a pantomime horse, and Miranda Hart, Stephen Fry, Amir Khan and Helen Skelton all recorded special messages for the programme.

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5live tackles five big questions about Scottish independence

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Chris Mason Chris Mason | 20:42 UK time, Thursday, 19 January 2012

In three years time Scotland could be independent. In the last few weeks, the rhetoric and campaigning on both sides of the debate over Scotland's future has stepped up, with it looking likely there will be a referendum in Scotland in the autumn of 2014.

With the rhetoric come the questions. A lorry load of questions. So, on 5live Drive, the 5live blog, the BBC News website and on Radio 4's PM, we will be trying to find some answers next week.

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Clinton: Ali was "a ballerina in a boxing ring"

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Mike Costello | 00:01 UK time, Tuesday, 17 January 2012

World heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali in training at the Royal Artillery Gymnasium in London for his upcoming fight with British champion Henry Cooper, against whom he must defend his title.

We were told we had 15 minutes. Not roughly, or approximately. Exactly 15 minutes. And sure enough, almost to the second, one of his aides hollered, “That’s it.”

The allotted quarter of an hour included the time for handshakes, small talk and sound checks. Ex-Presidents are busy boys. And impressively adept at switching subjects.

The interview took place on the 18th floor of a glass-fronted edifice in the financial district of Manhattan. The offices form the New York headquarters of the Bill Clinton Foundation, and we were shown to a waiting room alongside two American TV crews.

In orderly (almost military-style) succession, Clinton gave his (15-minute) take on an Arkansas basketball coach, a female governor of Texas... and the greatest sportsman who ever drew breath.

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Stargazing LIVE: Livesey looks to the stars

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Helen Thomas | 09:57 UK time, Monday, 16 January 2012

Jodrell Bank Observatory

Stargazing LIVE returns to BBC 2 tonight, and to mark the new series BBC Radio 5 live's Tony Livesey will be broadcasting live from the set on Tuesday night from 10.30pm.

The show is filmed at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, which is run by Manchester University, and is located in the leafy Cheshire countryside.

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The search for 5 live's City of 2012

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Ellie Reuter | 06:00 UK time, Monday, 9 January 2012

The city of London

The UK is about to get a new city, as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It’s rare that city status is granted, and 25 towns have applied. Just one of them will be reclassified as a city next month. Being called a city doesn’t bring any additional powers or funding, but that hasn’t stopped the contenders from mounting fierce campaign to win the honorary title.

But what if where you live wouldn’t ever stand a chance of being made a city? On 5 live, we think size doesn’t matter, and we want to celebrate all that’s brilliant about where you live. So we’re searching for 5 live’s City of 2012.

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Behind-the-scenes at 606 live

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Editor Jo Editor Jo | 12:55 UK time, Wednesday, 4 January 2012


606 live

On 17th December 606 decamped to the BBC Philharmonic Studios across the plaza in Salford to welcome a live audience to the show for the first time.

Mark Chapman and Jason Roberts hosted affairs, and if you called the show that evening you not only put your point to Mark and Jason but also to 250 audience members.

As part of Celebrate Sport our listeners finally watched and contributed to the behind the scenes madness of a live 606 show.

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