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Dave Lee | 17:22 UK time, Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Every week we receive tons of feedback via email, text and telephone. And, more recently, we've been gathering comments on this very blog.

But the feedback doesn't stop there. We also check out what people are saying about the World Service and its programming in other corners of the web. So here's the first post (of many, we hope) sharing some insight from the blogs, the tweets and the forums.

On our recent radio drama based on the final days of collapsed back Lehman Brothers, listener Stella writes:

"A dry subject, you might imagine, but I listened to The Day That Lehman Died last night, and found it strangely compelling.

The only criticism I would have of the drama was that the actors sounded like actors. Senior executives of banks probably don't generally sound like BBC radio announcers.

Still, it's worth a listen and gives a good understanding of the shenanigans that went on in these massive financial institutions, which took money off thousands of individuals and then tried to wring every last cent out of it in profit, ending up losing a good deal of it because they lent it to people who couldn't afford to pay it back."

Elsewhere, on Twitter, the programme got some kudos from Eric Parks:

"BBC radio has done a fascinating radio drama/documentary on the fall of Lehman Bros, "The day Lehman died" Kudos."

The drama wasn't the only output getting kudos this week. The Digital Planet team, who produced a special show from Nairobi, are on the end of some nice praise from Juliana:

"#DigitalPlanet Kenya Special is great. @garethm @billt @m000sh kudos. Friends @justabandwidth featured!"

For those unfamiliar with Twitter, "@garethm @billt @m000sh" refers to the programme team, Gareth Mitchell (presenter), Bill Thompson (pundit) and Michelle Martin (producer). If you're using Twitter, using "#DigitalPlanet' will make it easier for the team - and us! - to find your comments.

Finally, some thoughts from Sarah Houghton-Jan, Digital Futures Manager for the San José Public Library:

"I was astounded by the amount of language learning material available on [the BBC] website for free. The full beginner's courses (12 weeks long) are available in 4 languages. The site also provides audio & video courses for learning Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Gaelic (!), and so on. And, finally, the site covers essential phrases in 36 languages. It is easy to use and the language materials are practical, rather than esoteric. Congrats BBC on yet another top notch resource."

Over To You is your chance to have your say about the BBC World Service and its programmes. It airs at 10:40am GMT (11:40am BST) every Saturday.


  • Comment number 1.

    With all the language learning material and command of the English language, tell me why nobody on the BBC is able to pronounce a single foreign word right? Even those with foreign names for e.g. Indian, African etc. pronounce their own names as badly as the British. As if to say that, it is not only the right way but also prestigious to do so.


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