Radio

The marketisation of BBC radio is a recipe for creative disaster

21 July 2018 9:00 am

There’s been a lot of fuss and many column inches written about levels of pay at the BBC, as revealed…

The lack of public transport outside London is shocking

14 July 2018 9:00 am

When did you last take the bus? If you don’t live in London, probably not for ages. In her two-part…

A warning to those who argue that we live in a visual society

7 July 2018 9:00 am

‘Can one person really grasp the significance of what another person has been through?’ asks Dr Rita Charon in this…

The dumbing down of the Reith Lectures

30 June 2018 9:00 am

It’s been a heavyweight week on Radio 4 with the start of the annual series of Reith Lectures and a…

The Empire Windrush arriving from Jamaica, 1948, at Tilbury docks. Photo: Daily Herald Archive / SSPL / Getty Images

The excitement of emigrating on your own as a child

23 June 2018 9:00 am

There was one of those moments late on Sunday night when a voice is so arresting (either through tone, timbre,…

Rod Liddle is wrong: if anything we still hear too much from male presenters on Radio 4

16 June 2018 9:00 am

I don’t know which day Rod Liddle travelled down from the northeast and found nothing but women’s voices cluttering up…

Why is Today losing its audience? Because it doesn’t care about its listeners

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Headlines announcing that Radio 4’s flagship Today programme is losing its audience while Radio 3’s Breakfast has put on numbers…

Joanna Lumley plays Mrs God in BBC Radio 4's new play Michael Frayn's Pocket Playhouse (Credit: ITV/ Rex/ Shutterstock)

Only Radio 4 would allow Ian McKellen and Joanna Lumley to play Mr and Mrs God

2 June 2018 9:00 am

One sphere that podcasts have so far not much penetrated is drama. Audible.co.uk is itching to develop its own brand…

Podcasts often have no real interest in those who might be listening

26 May 2018 9:00 am

‘Do you ever imagine your audience?’ was a question thrown at James Ward, creator and presenter of The Boring Talks…

How hospices make you think differently about life

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The timing of the Today programme’s series about hospices could not have been more apt, coming as it did so…

Why can’t podcasts be more like Radio 4?

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Now here’s a series that would make a brilliant podcast but is also classic Radio 4 — they don’t have…

Benjamin Zephaniah once found the leg of a man in the back of a Ford Cortina

5 May 2018 9:00 am

‘For me rhyming was normal,’ said Benjamin Zephaniah, reading from his autobiography on Radio 4. Back in the 1960s, on…

How do you make Shakespeare work on the radio?

28 April 2018 9:00 am

How to stage Shakespeare on air and bring the text to life without the benefit of set, costumes, choreography and…

Why be so frightened of Enoch Powell’s speech now?

21 April 2018 9:00 am

It was a provocative decision by the producers of Archive on 4, 50 Years On: Rivers of Blood (Nathan Gower…

Martha Kearney’s arrival at Today is a breath of fresh air

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Like a breath of fresh air Martha Kearney has arrived on Radio 4’s Today programme, taking over from Sarah Montague…

Why British radio plays can't compete with those from the Continent

7 April 2018 9:00 am

To Herne Bay in Kent for the UK International Radio Drama Festival: 50 plays from 17 countries in 15 languages…

Paradise Lost is made for radio – but you need to concentrate

31 March 2018 9:00 am

It’s a tough listen, Paradise Lost on Radio 4 at the weekend. In bold defiance of the demands of a…

The BBC admit they’re not ready to switch off analogue radio

24 March 2018 9:00 am

As Bob Shennan, the BBC’s director of radio and music admitted this week, there are almost two million podcast-only listeners…

Who was the Isdal Woman? And how did she die?

17 March 2018 9:00 am

‘Close your eyes and be absorbed by the storytelling,’ urged Jon Manel (the new head of podcasting at BBC World…

I never expected to last the full hour: Carla Bruni’s C’est la Vie reviewed

10 March 2018 9:00 am

You can’t move for women’s voices on the airwaves at the moment — Julie Walters on Classic FM leading off…

'We're using the same Aga and Belfast sink as Jill Archer': how Radio 4 made Home Front

3 March 2018 9:00 am

It feels like a long time since the launch of Home Front on Radio 4 back in June 2014, retracing…

Ramblings takes an unexpected turn

24 February 2018 9:00 am

This week’s edition of Ramblings with Clare Balding did all the usual things: a walk in the country (cue breathy…

Radio’s role in winning the Cold War

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Some of us grew up worrying about reds under the bed, which was perhaps not as foolish as all that…

BBC Arabic’s version of Woman’s Hour is rather different to Radio 4’s

10 February 2018 9:00 am

When the BBC’s Arabic-language network went out on air for the first time 80 years ago, on 3 January 1938,…

The joy of buses

3 February 2018 9:00 am

It’s a pity Will Self didn’t embark on his bus tour round Britain before the Brexit vote. If he had,…