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Radio 4 will be in terrific hands

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Mark Damazer Mark Damazer 13:30, Thursday, 15 July 2010

Mark Damazer on his Blackberry

I have known Gwyneth Williams for nearly 15 years - as a marvellous programme maker and editor and Head of Radio Current Affairs. She is full of flair - brimming with ideas of her own while encouraging others to bring their own best ideas to the table. She has an inherent elegance and a steely persistence.

It is a hugely potent combination. More or less her entire professional career has been in and around Radio 4. She knows the network, the programmes, the people and the audience. She has been in charge of some of the most important pieces of Radio 4 turf and she edited the Reith Lectures for many years.

I am sad to be going in many ways but know that Radio 4 will be not merely safe - but in dedicated and creative hands. Gwyn will do wonderful things and get others to do likewise. Hooray.

Mark Damazer is Controller of BBC Radio 4


  • Comment number 1.

    Does this mean the Radio 4 theme will return :-)

  • Comment number 2.

    Clearly people are scared to comment Mark - a wait and see?

  • Comment number 3.

    I could not see anywhere better to post this so I hope you don;t mind it being tagged on here. I am assuming a BBC "controller" is someone pretty high up, so here is hoping.

    Due to a permanent, disabling hand injury sustained some months ago I am in a lot of pain and freuently cannot sleep well.

    I then discovered "podcasts" thru iTunes and was fortunate enough to find "A History of the World in 100 Objects". This an absolutely incredible show and I have been able to download all 71 episodes thru iTunes to make a "playlist" which I can just start when I go to bed and listen to until I finally fall asleep.

    I am now looking for more great BBC programming (as an Aussie I grew up watching lots of BBC shows and loved almost all of them). With that in mind I have found Melvyn Bragg's "In Our Time". I have listened to a few of these and am liking them very much. However I am wondering why BBC4 has not loaded the archive thru iTUnes. This would allow me to make a "Bragg" playlist and download mny of the older shows for listening when I go to bed (or on my iPod as well).

    If there is an issue of the BBC having to pay to put those archives into iTunes then I completely understand why they are not there, if, however there is no charge can I ask why they are not loaded there?

    Thanking you,
    San Francisco, via Sydney
    PS excuse any typos, not easy with only one hand!


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