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Archives for January 2010

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.

Should this man be able to stay in the UK?

Victoria Derbyshire | 09:37 UK time, Wednesday, 13 January 2010

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Today you can speak to Waheed Abdul Khan. He's a 34 yr old Pakistani national and he came to UK when he was 3, in 1978. In 2003 he pleaded guilty to his part in a heroin smuggling plot. He was released half way through a 7 year jail sentence for good behaviour. The Home Office wanted to deport him. Khan appealed & won. The European Court of Human Rights yesterday said he had no ties with Pakistan - and deporting him would breach his right to a family life.
Also today the latest from Haiti, the latest on the snow and we'll delve into the Manchester United bond issure prospectus which tells us so much about the state of the club now. If you're a supporter and you've read it do join the discussion.

Guantanamo: The Reunion

Victoria Derbyshire | 08:56 UK time, Tuesday, 12 January 2010

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I've been speaking to two British men who were held prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, and one of the American soldiers who kept guard over them.

Brandon Neely was a military police officer at the US detention camp where Shafiq Rasul and Ruhal Ahmed, from Tipton, were held for more than two years on suspicion of being terrorists. The pair were released without charge in 2004.

Since then, Neely has left the army, and now he's met Rasul and Ahmed to apologise for, in his words, "the hell you've been put through".

The three discuss how they got back in touch, and their thoughts on their reunion. Listen in from 10am today, or you can watch the three men being interviewed in the video player here.

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Sean Hodgson

Victoria Derbyshire | 13:22 UK time, Monday, 11 January 2010

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Sean Hodgson served twenty-seven years for a crime he DIDN'T commit. In his first full length interview since being released, he tells me he's been abandoned by the authorities and hasn't been offered help to re-adjust to life as a free man.

In one of the worst miscarriages of justice in British legal history Sean Hodgson was given a life sentence for the rape and murder of Theresa de Simone, a part-time bar maid, in Southampton in 1982. But new analysis of DNA evidence taken at the crime scene and from a swab Mr Hodgson submitted in 2008, revealed that he could not have carried out the murder. Shortly after that Mr Hodgson was standing on the steps of the Court of Appeal in London - a free man.

Since his release, Hampshire Police have confirmed that another man, David Lace, was the killer of Theresa de Simone. David Lace killed himself in 1988. He confessed in 1983, but this information wasn't passed to Sean Hodgson or his solicitors. Since March last year, Mr Hodgson has been struggling to rebuild his life, and has been too unwell to speak before now.

In an exclusive interview, he tells me about how he copes with the fast pace of life now after 27 years inside, how's he had to learn how to use new technology, how he was attacked this Boxing Day; he also talks about the support of his solicitor Julian Young.

He starts by telling me what he remembers of those first few moments of freedom:

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Why no complaint about ball tampering?

Victoria Derbyshire | 09:40 UK time, Wednesday, 6 January 2010

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Ball tampering in cricket - TV footage from yesterday's play in Cape Town appears to show England's James Anderson picking at the ball. Yet South Africa have decided not to make an official complaint - we'lf find out why...

Plus the snow the snow snow - if your child's school or mursery is closed - do you believe it's justified?

And have you been the victim of a homophobic attack? Although there are no national figures, police believes assaults on gay people are on the rise. We'll talk to a man who was the victim of an horrific homobophobic attack later.

Do GPs prescribe anti-depressants too quickly?

Victoria Derbyshire | 09:24 UK time, Tuesday, 5 January 2010


Were you prescribed anti depressants too easily? A new report today says three quarters of GPs have described anti depressants to patients even though they think another treatment would have been much more effective..

Also today can you keep in touch with us about the weather please - wherever you are in Yorkshire, Northumberland, Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, Gtr Manchester, Aberdeenshire, Dumfries and Galloway and many more places - tell us exactly what it's like where you are and whether you managed to get into work today or haven't been able to even attempt to.

And if you were a fan of Ultravox or OMD in the 80s, or you're a fan of Empire of the Sun now - then you will love the music of the new Manchester band Hurts - they're 4th on the BBC's Sound of 2010 list which means they might be big this year - I'll talk to the duo later in the programme.

The Sound of 2010

Louisa Compton | 19:33 UK time, Monday, 4 January 2010

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The Drums
Who are going to be the biggest musical stars of 2010?

The BBC has asked 165 leading critics, bloggers and DJs who they're tipping to break through into the big time this year.

Victoria's going to be speaking to the top five artists over the course of the week. Today she spoke to Jonathan Pierce from New York band The Drums. You can listen to the programme in iPlayer.

The Sound of 2010 top five will be revealed in reverse order every day and on Friday the winner will be named. You can find out more about all the artists at the Sound of 2010 website.

You can also hear live sessions with the top four acts on Lauren Laverne's BBC 6 Music show all this week and watch videos at

The planned march through Wootton Bassett..

Victoria Derbyshire | 08:59 UK time, Monday, 4 January 2010

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This morning - the unofficial general election campaign, what do the parties have to do to win your vote? Also on today's programme, the planned march that Anjem Choudary from Islam4UK wants to organise through Wootton Bassett: we'll talk to the Home Office, the police and the council about whether they will give permission for the march to actually go ahead. Also today Avatar - is it brilliant or not - if you've seen it tell us what you think.

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