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The Launch of BBC Sounds

Roger Bolton takes up concerns over presenter changes at Radio 2 and he investigates the BBC’s new push for the headphone generation. How will it affect loyal live radio listeners?

Roger Bolton takes up concerns over presenter changes at Radio 2 and he investigates the BBC’s new push for younger listeners with the launch of the BBC Sounds app aimed at the "headphone generation". How will it affect loyal live radio listeners?

The BBC's Director of Radio and Music, Bob Shennan, answers the questions. He shares his regrets about Simon Mayo leaving Radio 2 and is frank about the effect of listener reaction to the stations new drivetime programme on co-presenter Jo Whiley.

This week, the BBC launched its new listening app, BBC Sounds. It is directly targeting younger listeners, many of whom enjoy listening to audio on their phones but do not listen to the radio. Jason Phipps, the BBC’s first dedicated commissioning editor for podcasts, tells Roger about the BBC's planned new podcasts, and listeners share their favourite podcast picks.

Producer: Karen Pirie
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

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