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6 Music's success can be attributed to seasons from Bob Dylan, visitations from Jarvis Cocker, Alex James and more recently Iggy Pop

Why is Radio 3 still leaderless?

16 August 2014

It’s happened almost by stealth but the number of listeners to 6 Music has now overtaken Radio 3, creeping up to 1.89 million per week (just .05 million more than… Read more


Two lessons in listening

9 August 2014

Our hearing is the first of our senses to develop while we are in the womb. It’s the first connection we make to the life around us, and to other… Read more


Home Front: Radio 4's first world war drama will fight out the full four years

2 August 2014

In a studio in Birmingham, there’s an air of excitement. Jessica Dromgoole and her team are recording new scenes for Home Front, Radio 4’s specially commissioned drama commemorating the first… Read more


Glasgow and the Commonwealth go back a long way; Radio 4 explores a murky past

2 August 2014

What’s been missing from the schedules during the Commonwealth Games has been a straightforward reminder about who makes up the roster of nations and why. When, for instance, did it… Read more

Roger Wright Photo: Getty

Does Radio 3 need a new controller?

26 July 2014

Where next for Radio 3? Last Friday was the First Night of this year’s Proms season but it was the last night at the Proms for Roger Wright, who for… Read more

The Bay City Rollers (Photo: Getty)

The two men who walked barefoot to the capitals of the four nuclear powers on a peace pilgrimage

19 July 2014

You might (if you’re over a certain age) still think it pretty amazing that TV not only allows you to watch Mario Götze put in that amazing goal, live, as… Read more


The next new presenter of Woman's Hour should be a man

12 July 2014

It seems incredible now but when the BBC’s youth station, Radio 1, was launched in 1967 there were no female presenters. That’s right. Not a single woman’s voice to leaven… Read more

Bob and Roberta (Patrick Brill) at the RA Photo: Benedict Johnson

Why I'm switching to Danish radio

5 July 2014

Out there in the great ether there’s a whole new world of radio beyond the stations of the BBC and the FM dial. This week I found myself listening to… Read more

Soil arrives for Flanders Fields Memorial Photo: Laura Lean/PA

The gardener-soldiers of the First World War

28 June 2014

First, a confession. Even an ardent radio addict can enjoy a fortnight away from the airwaves, disconnected, switched off, unlistening. On return even the programmes that are usually ignored because… Read more


What's happened to children's radio?

31 May 2014

Much praise has been lavished on Radio 2’s 500 Words short-story competition, the winners to be announced on Friday’s Chris Evans show, live from the Hay Festival. Quite right, too.… Read more

British writers John Lehmann and Leonard Woolf Photo: Getty

When Virginia Woolf's husband ruled Sri Lanka's jungles

24 May 2014

Tucked away in the schedules, just before midday, just after midweek (on Thursday), just four lines in the Radio Times, was one of those radio gems. Nothing remarkable on the… Read more


The best blues singer you’ve never heard of

17 May 2014

A rustle of paper as the sleeve is removed. A clunk and click as the needle arm is swung across. The needle hits the vinyl, bringing it to life. At… Read more


Nothing beats Book at Bedtime

10 May 2014

There I was trapped in the bathroom at 10.55 p.m., unable to leave for fear of missing anything. The time it would have taken me to get to the bedroom,… Read more


The Archers hit a new low by letting Tom dump Kirsty at the altar

3 May 2014

Did you hear those bloodcurdling screams from Kirsty? Those long-drawn-out wails that echoed horrifically through the ancient walls of St Stephen’s Church last Thursday — in a strange, unwelcome echo… Read more

Dolly Parton Tour -  Sydney

Dolly Parton’s secret for surviving decades of celebrity

26 April 2014

It’s a shame Dolly Parton has never gone into politics. She’s someone who’s lived her life very much in the public eye and yet has never lost sight of who… Read more

Crucifixion by Michele da Verona - 1501 (Photo: Art Archive/ DeA Picture)

BBC radio gets Easter right

19 April 2014

Given the decline of Christian belief in the UK, it’s surprising to discover there’s quite so much about the Easter story on the airwaves this week. You might have assumed… Read more

Pickets in Thoresby (Photo: STAFF/AFP/Getty)

Police and miners clash again over Orgreave on Radio 4’s The Reunion

12 April 2014

Four could have been dubbed the Frank Radio network this week as the sharp skills of Sue MacGregor, Alan Dein and Fi Glover teased out some stark opinions and revelations.… Read more


Radio that makes you feel the wind on your cheek

5 April 2014

After a walk in Richmond Park beset by rush-hour traffic, the Heathrow flight path and a strange swarm of flying ants (strange because so early in the year), it was… Read more

Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo

How Radio 5 Live transformed the airwaves

29 March 2014

It’s amazing to think that it’s 20 years since the launch of Radio 5 Live. But it was bright and early on the morning of 28 March 1994 (long before… Read more


Lives captured in transit

22 March 2014

It’s such a simple idea. Take a tape recorder. Hang around at the entrance to a railway station or in the departure lounge of an airport. Look for an intriguing… Read more


The sound of growing rhubarb

15 March 2014

When the BBC proposed to do away with 6 Music a few years ago, the media-savvy fans of the station created such a fuss on Twitter and Facebook that the… Read more

Over half a million people were massacred in Rwanda by government forces, militiamen and nationalist Hutus Photo: Getty

Listening to genocide – and what came next

8 March 2014

It doesn’t take long for an international event of historic importance to fall off the news agenda. Ukraine is still there, making headlines, but soon it will be forgotten as… Read more

Anti-government protestors outside a parliamentary building in Kiev Photo: AFP/Getty

The Today programme's 'Phwoof!' moment

1 March 2014

‘Phwhoof!’ exclaimed Evan at 8.27, before reluctantly turning us over to the sport report on Saturday morning’s Today (Radio 4). His intense connection with what he had just listened to… Read more

People pay their respects for the war dead at the Yasukuni Shrine Photo: Getty

When a Chinese and a Japanese visit Tokyo's Yasukuni war shrine

22 February 2014

What does freedom mean to you? That’s the question the BBC World Service has been asking of us through its season of programmes Freedom 2014. The Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield… Read more

A stowaway jumps from a ferry to avoid police checks Photo: Getty

Ali risked his life to escape Afghanistan — and now teaches Britons how to survive there

15 February 2014

‘Brown is very good — no Cameron. David Cameron no good,’ he said. Just in case we weren’t sure what he meant, he repeated, ‘Brown I like. Labour government I… Read more