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Was Radio 4's coverage of Nigella Lawson's appearance in court 'too tabloid'? And it's wellies-on for a trip to Ambridge to meet the Archers archivist.

Did Radio 4 devote far too much airtime this week to the marital strife of a cook and an ad man? That's the view of many Feedback listeners who complained that the BBC became more gossip-mag than public service broadcaster in its coverage of Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi's very public divorce.

Also, why has Radio 4 been asking sailors how they get their weather information? Does this signal the beginning of the end for The Shipping Forecast? Network manager Denis Nowlan eases listeners' fears.

And we wander the lanes of Ambridge with the Archers Archivist, Camilla Fisher and long-term writer Jo Toye, who give us the lowdown on how they ensure all the characters are in the right place at the right time.

Producer: Will Yates
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

25 minutes

Last on

Sun 8 Dec 2013 20:00


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