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James Purnell

Director, Radio & Education

Blog posts in total 29

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  1. Helping audiences develop a lifelong love of classical music

    Helping audiences develop a lifelong love of classical music

    James Purnell talks about how the BBC is helping audiences develop a lifelong love of classical music.

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  2. Have You Heard George’s Podcast?

    Have You Heard George’s Podcast?

    James Purnell talks us through the successes of recent BBC Sounds podcasts.

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  3. Tunnelling to victory

    Tunnelling to victory

    James Purnell tells you all about the new BBC Radio 4 Poadcast Tunnel 29.

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  4. Free jazz: autumn is here

    Free jazz: autumn is here

    James Purnell tells us about the launch of the EFG London Jazz Festival and all the amazing show's we've got coming up this autumn.

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  5. BBC Sounds: the one place for all BBC audio

    BBC Sounds: the one place for all BBC audio

    Later this month, we will be closing the iPlayer Radio app, James Purnell explains why.

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  6. Inspiring children to enjoy music - our new Bring The Noise campaign

    Inspiring children to enjoy music - our new Bring The Noise campaign

    This will be loud, and it will be fun. Bring The Noise is our ambitious new campaign, to introduce children to the joy of making music.

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  7. Radio Audio Week 2019

    Radio Audio Week 2019

    James Purnell reflects on a significant week in audio from Radio Festival to the British Podcast Awards.

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  8. Bringing the best British audio to everyone

    Bringing the best British audio to everyone

    We’ve published the BBC’s Annual Plan for the year ahead today. It sets out our interest in opening up BBC Sounds to others’ podcasts and commercial radio. I want to use this article to explain our thinking.

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  9. BBC Audio Drama Awards winners on BBC Sounds

    BBC Audio Drama Awards winners on BBC Sounds

    James Purnell updates us on the winners of the BBC Audio Drama Awards, which you can listen to on BBC Sounds.

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  10. BBC Sounds reaches 1.3m listeners

    BBC Sounds reaches 1.3m listeners

    BBC Sounds reaches 1.3m listeners and we're adding new features.

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  11. Audiences recommend BBC Sounds and already listen for 2m hours each week

    Audiences recommend BBC Sounds and already listen for 2m hours each week

    One month on from BBC Sounds' launch, James Purnell provides an update on how it's being used and what the BBC has in store for users.

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  12. How our podcasts are doing

    How our podcasts are doing

    James Purnell provides an update on BBC podcasts - in September, in the UK, there were nearly 26.5 million downloads of BBC podcasts.

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  13. How we're renewing our religious content

    How we're renewing our religious content

    James Purnell looks at the place of morality, ethics and religion in the BBC's output and reflects on BBC Radio 4's recent series Morality In The 21st Century.

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  14. Serving everyone, rather than being everything to everyone

    Serving everyone, rather than being everything to everyone

    Ofcom published a report last week about UK media consumption. It tells a now familiar tale of the continued rise of on demand digital, especially among the young, accelerated by powerful internet companies.

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  15. We need an industry chart for UK podcasts

    We need an industry chart for UK podcasts

    We need a conversation about how we get an industry standard chart for podcasts -  one which includes as many of the different ways that audiences are consuming podcasts, where we can all see all the data, and know how it’s been collected.

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  16. Getting the space to innovate

    Getting the space to innovate

    James Purnell on how the BBC is experimenting with podcasts.

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  17. Guaranteeing Choice

    Guaranteeing Choice

    James Purnell, Director of Radio & Education, explains the BBC’s role in supporting the future of British radio.

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  18. Some thoughts ahead of the RAJARs

    Some thoughts ahead of the RAJARs

    It’s RAJAR week – that’s when the Radio Joint Audience Research group publishes UK radio listening figures for the previous quarter, in Thursday’s case January-March. The real story this week may be different, as it’s likely that this will be the first time digital listening overtakes analogue...

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  19. BBC Radio and Education – how are we doing?

    BBC Radio and Education – how are we doing?

    James Purnell considers recent audience data across BBC Radio and Education content.

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  20. Voice for Kids

    Voice for Kids

    No, not a rival to ITV’s show. But an update from James Purnell, Director of Radio and Education, on what the BBC is doing with voice devices.

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