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Goodbye to the blog, hello to 5 live Now

Louisa Compton | 08:24 UK time, Monday, 25 January 2010

Closed shoes

It's been a couple of weeks now since the programme changed as part of the new daytime schedule, and while we've been bedding the programme in we've also been thinking about more than just the on-air output. We've decided to close the blog and make more use of a new way of interacting with listeners.

As a live programme it makes sense to us for your contributions online to be visible in the same way they are audible when we read them out on air. We haven't found a way to make this work effectively on the blog.

We're now using a new system, called 5 live Now, which allows us to bring together your comments from all the platforms you use to talk to us: Victoria's Facebook and Twitter profiles, email, SMS, telephone and in your on-air contributions.

Victoria has found that microblogging through twitter and facebook is more manageable and gets a better level of interaction from the listeners, thanks to the direct and almost instant feedback it offers.

Victoria's programme is the second, after the Breakfast Phone-in, to make use of 5 live Now. It's a project that the 5 live interactive team have invested a lot of time and effort in developing and they're keen to extend its use to more programmes across the network.

Every day during the programme we'll pull together your views from these places and make them accessible in a single page so you can see what is being said about the stories that are on air. We think that 5 live Now makes brings listeners closer to what we're doing on the new programme than the blog could.

We're not going to try and cover every story on 5 live Now. Some stories are more likely to create discussion than others and you can't have a conversation if the subject changes every two minutes. Sometimes you engage with a story after its been broadcast in a surprising and passionate way that encourages us to take a second look at it and come back to it at a later date.

We hope you'll join us every day 1000 and 1200 to share your views and stories with us.

Louisa Compton is producer of the Victoria Derbyshire programme

Politics, politics, politics

Victoria Derbyshire | 08:58 UK time, Monday, 18 January 2010

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This morning: the former General Secretary of the Labour Party Peter Watt on life at the heart of government, the election that never was, and his forced resignation after the scandal involving a rich businessman and donations to Labour. You can talk to him too by emailing, or speak to him directly. Also today - we'll examine David Cameron's plans to get more "good" teachers into the classroom - by making sure would-be teachers have at least a second class degree and recruiting teachers from other professions and walks of life.

Is Britain less racist than 10 years ago?

Victoria Derbyshire | 08:38 UK time, Thursday, 14 January 2010

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The Communities Secretary John Denham says it is. Read why he makes that claim here

We're keen to hear from you with concrete examples either way.

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