Radio

Noise - A Human History

6 April 2013 9:00 am

You could say that Neil MacGregor revolutionised radio with his mega-series A History of the World in 100 Objects. In…

Come together

30 March 2013 9:00 am

‘That’s the power of ritual,’ said the Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, on Thought for the Day last week. He was…

Assault on the ears

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Does anyone ever listen to Radio 4’s Moral Maze on Saturday nights? It is only the repeat edition (the live…

The Archers should carry a health warning

16 March 2013 9:00 am

The drums roll, hollow and ominously persistent. Then come the trumpets, in a minor key, sepulchral, eerie, penetrating. ‘Just imagine,’…

After Saddam

9 March 2013 9:00 am

‘The problem is why,’ said the health project officer of a British charity working in the marshlands of southern Iraq…

Nick Robinson’s Battle for the Airwaves

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Deep within the BBC’s inquiry into the Newsnight and Jimmy Savile affair is a comment by Jeremy Paxman so inflammatory…

Is radio succumbing to the greed of the internet?

23 February 2013 9:00 am

‘Young people under 16 don’t want to listen to the radio unless there’s a picture to look at,’ said Annie…

The comfort of strangers

16 February 2013 9:00 am

Blink and you would have missed it, but Wednesday was World Radio Day, devoted to celebrating radio ‘as a medium’.…

The sex test

9 February 2013 9:00 am

‘We hear women’s voices differently from men’s,’ concluded Anne Karpf at the end of her search back through the radio…

‘My country first’

2 February 2013 9:00 am

It’s not unusual for Kirsty Young’s castaways on Desert Island Discs to choose music that reminds them of people who…

Word challenge

26 January 2013 9:00 am

The first competition had 30,000 entries; the second more than 74,000. How many will be attracted to this year’s 500…

Picking out the plums

19 January 2013 9:00 am

‘How much did you say the TV licence cost?’ asks my American friend. ‘£145.50,’ I reply. ‘One hundred and forty-five…

All in the mind

12 January 2013 9:00 am

Radio 4’s Book of the Week sounded so promising, pertinent, perfect for these gloomy first days of January. Maybe listening…

Vision on

5 January 2013 9:00 am

Something strange, very strange is going on. Take two sparky young, very young men, watch them launch their media careers…

Heart of the matter

29 December 2012 9:00 am

Looking back can be fatal and is usually ill-advised, inducing a nostalgia that can only blight what lies ahead. Let’s…

Dream team

15 December 2012 9:00 am

It’s like being a fly on the wall (or maybe an earwig) at one of those fantasy dinner parties where…

Sounds in silence

8 December 2012 9:00 am

Two really scary programmes this week, and not a vampire or psychopath to be heard. Both gave personal accounts of…

Value for money

1 December 2012 9:00 am

It’s been challenged as ‘elitist’ and at times in its more than 60-year history it’s been threatened with deletion from…

Short changed

24 November 2012 9:00 am

Was that it? Was that the sum total of 90 years of radio? Radio Reunited, the three-minute ‘celebration’ of the…

Carry on broadcasting

17 November 2012 9:00 am

By some strange, freakish coincidence, just as the biggest story to hit the BBC in recent years was about to…

Living document

10 November 2012 9:00 am

It takes Alistair Cooke three minutes, or about 450 words, before he finally gets round to declaring ‘I was there’…

Hearing voices

3 November 2012 9:00 am

It’s business as usual for the BBC’s radio stations. While the boardroom burns, the production teams are busy creating —…

Time switch

27 October 2012 9:00 am

It seems an astonishing statistic but 99.6 per cent of radio is broadcast live, delivered straight from the studio mike…

Serious listening

20 October 2012 9:00 am

‘Shhhh! Listen!’ Peter White demands of us, his listeners. ‘You’re about to enter into a blind man’s world.’ White, who…

Teen spirit

13 October 2012 9:00 am

A vital sign that radio is so much more vibrant these days than tired old TV is the way the…