A Matter Of Factual

Here’s a question. What actually constitutes news these days? Of course, there are as many answers to that question as there are listeners to your radio station of choice. And it’s long been claimed that “the news” is gradually being dumbed down by just about anybody from Radio 4 downwards. Targeting the news to a particular…

Katrina – and the radio waves.

On a thoroughly dark day for journalism – in which two US journalists were apparently shot dead by one of their own disgruntled colleagues, it’s easy to see why our profession has something of “a reputation” – and all too often, the wrong reputation. However, it’s worth reminding ourselves – and the rest of society – why…

Crowded House

A tweeter suggested that it must be a quiet August week when – arguably in an overplayed gesture of preaching to the converted – the Radio Times is chosen to reveal research suggesting that Licence Fee critics couldn’t really do without the BBC. The experiment saw a group of households chosen to be deprived of the Corporation’s services for…

The Skype’s The Limit

Any radio producer will be familiar with the newsroom conversation when it comes to inviting contributors on air. Inevitably, the question will be asked : “Can you come into the studio?” Seasoned guests know the form. An interview just tends to work better if it’s face to face. And the perception is that the audience gets…

Radio : where the pictures are better

“You have a great face for radio” is one of the oldest put downs in the book. And now, city broadcaster Notts TV is about to empoy one of the oldest gimmicks in broadcasting : putting a radio show on the TV. From Monday, the station will simulcast Sam and Amy’s breakfast show from Gem 106. It’s…

Blame It On The Boobie

In talk radio, the job of the host is to grab the listeners’ attention. And that’s certainly what BBC Radio Solent’s Alex Dyke did this week with his controversial comments about breastfeeding. He made remarks which some may find offensive, and was robust with the listeners who didn’t agree with him. But is that really grounds for…

A Lorra Lorra Gaffes

There can be little doubt that Cilla Black was one of those figures rightly described by man as a “national treasure”. And her death at the weekend rightly deserved top billing in the news. But suggestions that the BBC was too slow to report her demise are somewhat wide of the mark. Rod McKenzie, the…

Let’s (Not) Talk About It

The pesky BBC. Filling our nation with all of those radio stations, enriching our listening experience and – get this – having the cheek to do it with your money. Honestly, if you believed some of the rants in recent days from apparently well-educated and well-heeled radio professionals, you’d wonder why the BBC was ever…

Music To My Ears

The headlines are rightly focussing on the Government’s deal to make the BBC pick up the tab for paying the Licence Fees of the over 75s. But yesterday also saw a smaller, yet significant announcement that could ultimately shape one of the services the BBC provides to you. And it’s personal, because it happens to…

The Million Pound Jewel

“That thing costs Plymouth a million pounds a year and it’s a complete waste of money!”  Barbara is eighty one and angry. I was surprised at her reaction. We’d been waiting at a bus stop on the coast path, overlooking Plymouth Sound – not far from where she’d learned to swim. But she was adamant…