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…

No escape

6 October 2012 9:00 am

‘They were Jews with guns! Understand that…’ declares Raymond Massey, chillingly, in the final scene of The Battle of the…

Classic celebrations

15 September 2012 9:00 am

It’s 20 years since Classic FM launched itself on the airwaves with a blast from Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’. Its…

Against the odds

1 September 2012 8:00 am

Just in time for the Paralympics the veteran broadcaster and campaigner for disability rights, Peter White, has launched a special…

Crime and punishment

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Just a snippet on an edition of Today last spring taken from the programme that had just won an esteemed…

Human stories

18 August 2012 6:00 am

‘The aggregation of marginal gains’ is the key to success, according to Dave Brailsford, the extraordinarily successful cycling coach to…

Save our soap

11 August 2012 6:00 am

It’s no good. We’ve been putting up with weird character changes, laughably unconvincing plotlines, calculating theatricals for a while now.…

Word perfect

4 August 2012 6:00 am

‘Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight…’ It all began on Friday night with the Shipping Forecast, made world-famous by Radio 4’s…

Olympian challenge

28 July 2012 6:00 am

Who would have thought 15 years ago that not only would the BBC still be spending money on radio coverage…

In from the cold

21 July 2012 6:00 am

When it was announced earlier this week that Aung San Suu Kyi will soon be cast away for Desert Island…