Today programme

Another side of John Humphrys

18 August 2018 9:00 am

‘What can you tell me just now,’ asks Audrey Gillan. She’s talking to Tara, who’s been sleeping rough on Fournier…

There are too many women on Radio 4 and they’re always moaning

9 June 2018 9:00 am

We had a long drive back from the north-east last weekend. Six hours or so, including a stop halfway, just…

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…

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…

Justin Webb: the day I was forced to hide from John Humphrys

20 January 2018 9:00 am

My friend John Humphrys has managed to get on to the front pages again. We first met in the 1980s…

The real reason why the Today programme is losing its edge

14 October 2017 9:00 am

There’s no doubting her passion for the programme of which she is now chief of staff. Talking to Roger Bolton…

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…

What would happen if Rupert Murdoch owned the BBC?

30 April 2016 9:00 am

A new book published today by the Institute of Economic Affairs called In Focus: The Case for Privatising the BBC…

Corbyn’s turn on Today was as graceful and twinkle-toed as Bowie himself

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Some might say that Jeremy Corbyn is cloth-eared, tone-deaf, socially inept but on Monday morning, as the death of the…

Charles Moore’s Notes: Trying to reach a global agreement on anything is a waste of time

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Speaking on the Today programme on Monday, Sir David Attenborough, who wants a global agreement to control carbon emissions, pointed…

Nick Robinson’s diary: What dog will donate its vocal cords to me?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Scientists are experimenting with growing replacement vocal cords in the lab, as well as transplanting them from dogs. That was…

Harriet Harman’s diary: the joys of being a ‘former’

14 November 2015 9:00 am

One of my constituents has been in an Indonesian prison since May. Journalist Rebecca Prosser was arrested with her colleague…

Roger Mosey and the questions you don’t ask at the BBC

27 June 2015 9:00 am

There was a remarkable scene in one BBC Today programme morning meeting in about 1995, as all the producers gathered…

The awful rise of 'virtue signalling'

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Why do the right thing when you can simply say the right thing?

Did Radio 4 have to deal with the Germanwings disaster as it did?

4 April 2015 8:00 am

‘You can hear pretty clearly the sound of one of the helicopters and you can see it in the darkness,’…

The one economic indicator that never stops rising: meet the Negroni Index

25 October 2014 9:00 am

This dispatch comes to you from Venice — where I arrived at sunset on the Orient Express. More of that…

Without Paxman, the BBC will have just one interrogator: John Humphrys

10 May 2014 9:00 am

In a double blow for the beleaguered BBC, the corporation has lost three of its most compelling attractions in little…

Ukip isn’t a national party. It’s a Tory sickness

3 May 2014 9:00 am

It can happen that something ought to feel wrong yet somehow doesn’t; and you wonder whether this means that in…

Warning: upspeak can wreck your career

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Upspeak can damage your career prospects

James Bartholomew's diary: Give up the Today programme - you'll feel better

4 January 2014 9:00 am

It’s amusing to see serious journalists and authors struggling to use Twitter under instruction from their newspapers and publishers. They…

Mishal Husain's diary: Sachin, women secret agents, shipbuilding .. and telling the time.

23 November 2013 9:00 am

I’ve worked for the BBC for years and have been listening to the Today programme all my adult life, but…

Alexander Chancellor Why can’t we have more public toilets and fewer wheelie-bins?

24 August 2013 9:00 am

After a carefree month at my wife’s house in Tuscany — the longest summer holiday I have spent there for…

The Spectator’s Notes

4 May 2013 9:00 am

It is fascinating watching the great welfare debate as the universal credit starts its life. The ruling elites have very,…

Cruel cuts

15 January 2011 12:00 am

You might be forgiven for thinking that the cuts to broadcasting have already been implemented, with nothing but Mozart on Radio 3 and the Bible on Radio 4 on Sunday.

Speech impediment

11 December 2010 12:00 am

It’s the juxtaposition of ‘u’ on ‘u’ that did for Jim. According to scientific study, a sequence of words with the same vowels in the same place can trip us up, as poor Jim Naughtie discovered on Monday morning.