Radio

In praise of Radio 2

23 September 2017 9:00 am

‘You can’t lie… on radio,’ says Liza Tarbuck. The Radio 2 DJ was being interviewed for the network’s birthday portrait,…

Reviving the death mask

16 September 2017 9:00 am

The inimitably pukka voice of Jacob Rees-Mogg echoed through Radio 4 on Thursday morning. He was not, though, talking about…

Will Radio 3’s bold new season find new listeners – or alienate their core audience?

9 September 2017 9:00 am

As Classic FM celebrated its quarter-century on Wednesday with not a recording but a live broadcast of a concert from…

‘I’m going to fine anyone who refers to an opus number on air’: how we made Classic FM

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Three weeks before Classic FM launched, I was on the radio in Hong Kong, introducing hits by Rick Astley and…

If Voyager is powered by 40-year-old computers, why do our PCs last five years?

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Yet another sign that we are living in very strange times: a pair of celebrities, their names made by TV,…

Radio 4’s adaptation of Midnight’s Children would have been unthinkable a few years ago

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Bold programming by the powers-that-be at Radio 4 meant it was possible to listen to all seven episodes of Ayeesha…

The way the BBC constantly asks you to log in to iPlayer is sneaky

12 August 2017 9:00 am

It’s sneaky, the way in which the BBC, so much regarded as part of the family as to be nicknamed…

The real bloody legacy of Partition

5 August 2017 9:00 am

As Europe remembers Passchendaele, India and Pakistan recall Partition, just 70 years ago, when Britain so hastily abandoned its Indian…

What ‘shareholder value’ really means

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Two programmes this week presented two radically different world views, or rather ways of life. Aditya Chakrabortty’s series for Radio…

How Scott Walker created music out of a dead pig

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Summer nights, hot and humid, mean just one thing — it’s Proms season again. Sore feet, sweaty armpits, queuing outside…

Queen Victoria and the slave’s daughter

15 July 2017 9:00 am

When Martha Ann Ricks was 76 she travelled from her home in Liberia to London to meet Queen Victoria. The…

I wish radio was more like I remember it as a child

24 June 2017 9:00 am

This week’s column is dedicated to my mother who loved her radio and encouraged us to be listeners. Without her,…

Hilary Mantel explains the difference between facts and truths

17 June 2017 9:00 am

‘History is not the past,’ says the writer Hilary Mantel in the first of her Reith Lectures on Radio 4…

In the digital age, you might expect the paper diary to be dying – not so

10 June 2017 9:00 am

By chance on Saturday morning, I tuned into Radio 4 and heard Professor Clare Brant talking on Saturday Live about…

The femme fatale is as much a male fantasy as the Mona Lisa

3 June 2017 9:00 am

In such times as these, enough to try a man’s soul, a dose of John Finnemore is advisable. His brand…

The radio documentary that makes you think again about the Nuremberg Trials

27 May 2017 9:00 am

‘Hell is better than what I personally witnessed,’ says Ben Ferencz, who was one of the American troops sent in…

Why on earth has the BBC created a radio drama with visuals?

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Two extremes of the listening experience were available on Monday on Radio 4. The day began conventionally enough with Start…

The country full of teenagers

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Imagine living in a country where the average age is under 16 (in the UK it’s currently 40 and increasing)…

Master of dramatic interplay: Jack Rosenthal in 1962

Those of us who rely on radio to keep us sane need to rally round the BBC

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Bashing the BBC often becomes a popular blood sport in times of political instability, and especially if the left is…

Luther’s music had an even greater impact than his words

29 April 2017 9:00 am

It’s 500 years since Martin Luther pinned his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, sparking…

S-Town may be slick and professional, but it’s not nearly as compelling – or truthful – as Serial

22 April 2017 9:00 am

How about this for an inspiring response to what could have been a personal tragedy. Chi-chi Nwanoku was in the…

The making of Bach’s Passion

15 April 2017 9:00 am

It’s the oddest place to find a profound meditation on the death of Christ, but there it is on Radio…

Here’s what Sarah Sands should do with the Today programme, by Rod Liddle

8 April 2017 9:00 am

I wonder what Sarah Sands will do to Radio 4’s Today programme? She is the first editor in more than…

Ed Balls has morphed into a rather good chatshow host

1 April 2017 9:00 am

In a world where politicians can turn into newspaper editors and former newspaper editors can seize the most coveted job…

Jarvis Cocker: contrived or beguiling?

Why I revel in Jarvis Cocker’s pretentiousness

25 March 2017 9:00 am

When Wireless Nights hit the Radio 4 airwaves in the spring of 2012, I was not at all sure about…