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  • 111: The Official Unofficial Podcast of Tumble on BBC One Episode 2

    · 01:09:41 · GymCastic: The Gymnastics Podcast

     This week Jessica and Emma Bailey recap episode two of the BBC’s new show Tumble. We consider these important topics: What time to arrive at the BBC One studio if you want to be in the live studio audience for Tumble. Would the American post-Olympic tour benefit from hiring the Tumble creators? The tear-jerking, beauty of the “Butterfly” performance by Beth Tweddle featuring some of our favorite junior elite gymnasts from the British squad. Which gymnasts (hint, Simone Biles) should wear Lucy Mecklenburgh’s green leotard from this week’s show? We speculate on the veracity of the incompetence demonstrated by the celebrities during their practices. Does Sarah Harding have poor cardio or is she just unaware that her mouth is hanging open throughout her performance? Claudia Fragapane gave great advice and the English champions from the commonwealth games Was the romance storyline between Kristin Allen and Bobby Lockwood, just a ruse to throw us off of the H Watkins and John Partridge, romance? Natalia Ilienko shed tears after the show. Determine that everything in life should come down to a “Vault Off” Nastia’s triceps and gorgeous arm muscles. Alex cuts off Louis Smith and Jessica is enraged! Is the quality of this show greatly improved because of the variety of professionals from different gymnastics disciplines — acrobatics, circus, artistic etc. Two contestants were members of the Royal Ballet - not normal humans, these are super athletes. We predict Amelle will be the last woman standing. Jenny Pinches blog on Tumble. Danusia Francis has been blogging about Tumble on her blog as well. Check out all of Emma's nerdtastic adventures in gymnastics fandom at MoominWhiskey Meets. Find a gymnastics program in the US on Jessica's website masters-gymnastics.com. Find the gymnastics program that's right for you with a video introduction to all of the different disciplines of the sport. LeoCards, iconic leotard postcards and posters by Meg here. Find out more about BBC One's Tumble on the official website. Watch full episodes on the BBC One YouTube Channel. If you are outside of the UK and want to watch Tumble on BBC One, you can use  TVPC.com here or FreeTVCafe.net here.  Use at your own risk. There are a ton of play buttons that will automatically download crap onto your computer. Be extremely careful not to click on an advertisement. Less risky is using a VPN like Zenmate or GetUsVPN.   108: The Commonwealth Games 102: Classic Episode with Louis Smith 107: Acro World Champions Kristin Allen & Michael Rodrigues 106: Biles and Ross Dominate the 2014 US Secret Classic 82: Cottbus, English Championships & Danusia Francis finally gets a 10 on beam! Episode 22: Beth Tweddle 99: Princess Catherine Lyons and Coach Rochelle Douglas Episode 20: Jenni Pinches The green Egyptian scarab leotard Lucy Mecklenburgh wore on episode two of Tumble on BBC One.   Watch this week's playlist on YouTube here.  

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  • Diana: A Life Backwards

    · Seriously...

    Marking the 20th anniversary of her untimely death, Archive on 4 presents a unique and moving portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales - her life documented in reverse chronology. Diana, Princess of Wales was arguably the most famous - and most photographed - woman in the world. Her life has been exhaustively discussed and disassembled in the media both before and since her untimely death on 31st August 1997. As the anniversary of that tragic event approaches, is there anything truly new for us to learn about her remarkable, turbulent, and short life - and how the way we reacted to it changed our society? Drawing from hundreds of hours of footage, Archive on 4 presents a unique, unmediated portrait of the Princess - starting with the sombre events of her funeral and taking the listener on a journey backwards through her life and times: from the remarkable public outpouring of grief that followed her passing; the almost unbearable press intrusion into her private world in her last months; her new life as a single woman; her divorce, her married life and the public jubilation surrounding the Royal Wedding of 1981; right back to the announcement of the 19 year-old Diana's engagement to Prince Charles. Unpresented and unmediated, the programme offers a unique audio montage of the events of, and reaction to, one of the most extraordinary lives of the 20th century. Featuring contributions from the archives from Piers Morgan, Andrew Neill, Jennie Bond, Richard Kay - as well as several of Diana's closest friends, and members of the British public. Produced by Steven Rajam and James Roberts for BBC Radio 4 Contributors: Andrew Neill Arthur Edwards Barbara Daly Bea Campbell David Emanuel David Starkey Denis Lawson Eammon McCabe Earl Spencer Elizabeth Emanuel Glenn Harvey James Naughtie James Reynolds James Whitaker Jennie Bond Jeremy Paxman John Humphrys Ken Lennox Martin Bashir Michael Shea Patrick Jephson Penny Juror Piers Morgan Rosie Boycott Tim Graham Tom Cruise Tony McGrath Archive: All Things Considered, BBC Radio Wales Archive on 4 - A History of the Stiff Upper Lip, BBC Radio 4 A Royal Recovery, BBC Radio 4 BBC News Special - Diana: 10 Years On, BBC News 24 Capturing the Royals: The Story of Royal Photography, BBC2 Decisive Moments: A Rough Road, BBC2 Diana: The People's Princess, BBC1 Great Britons: Diana, BBC2 Heart of the Matter, BBC1 Fifty Years with the Firm: Prog 5: Doom & Gloom, BBC Radio 4 Mediumwave, BBC Radio 4 Memories of Diana, BBC1 Modern Times: The Shrine, BBC4 Newsnight, BBC1 Panorama, BBC1 Proms, BBC1 The Princess's People: A View from the Crowd, BBC2 The Reunion: The Wedding of Charles & Diana, BBC Radio 4 The Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed: Remembering Diana, BBC Radio 4 Top of the Pops, BBC1 Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4.

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  • Radio Free Skaro #567 - The Clock Strikes Twelve

    · 01:38:20 · Doctor Who: Radio Free Skaro

    Capaldexit! Yes, the Three Who Rule were sideswiped (as was everyone else) by Peter Capaldi’s surprise announcement that he was leaving the role of The Doctor, and after admonishing the UK press for baseless speculation, the RFS crew engaged in frankly hypocritical predictions of their own. That plus stats, Series Ten news and a 70 minute(!) Miniscope about writer/director Terence Dudley round out this episode! Enjoy! Links: – Peter Capaldi leaving after Series 10. – Peter Capaldi’s tenure. – Ben Whishaw is the bookie’s favourite for the next Doctor! – Series 10 starts April 15 on BBC One! – Series 11 may start Autumn 2018! – Series 10 starts April 15 on BBC America! – Class premieres April 15 on BBC America! – Series 10 writer list! – Mark Gatiss brings back the Ice Warriors! – Gareth David-Lloyd announced for Gally! – Naoko Mori announed for Gally! – Gallifrey One Schedule! – Class eps 7 & 8 BBC One viewing figures! – Class eps 3 & 4 BBC One final viewing figures! – Big Finish wins BBC Drama award! – Doctor Puppet War Doctor puppet! Miniscope: – Terence Dudley! – Meglos! – Four to Doomsday! – Black Orchid! – The King’s Demons! – K-9 and Company: A Girl’s Best Friend! – K-9 and Company fan titles!

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  • BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie, The state of Welsh media, The BBC loses The Voice

    · The Media Show

    Sherlock, Doctor Who and Dad's Army fans in the UK can buy and download episodes of their favourite programmes - as well as many other "lost gems from the BBC archive" - after the broadcaster launched a new online service: the BBC Store. The site features around 7,000 hours worth of content with more to come over the next year. BBC Worldwide - the commercial arm of the BBC - is behind Store. Steve speaks to CEO Tim Davie about the revenue Store will bring in, and asks him how important exploiting commercial opportunities like this is in securing the BBC's future.Wales is facing a media "market failure" that will leave the nation with a deficit of reliable information, according to a report by the Institute of Welsh Affairs. Cutbacks in spending on broadcast programmes made for Wales, falling numbers of trained newspaper journalists and a weak commercial radio sector present a "major challenge" for the nation, it says. Steve speaks to report author Ruth McElroy and Professor Ian Hargreaves from Cardiff University about the current state of the media in Wales.The BBC has revealed it's lost the singing show 'The Voice' to a rival broadcaster. It said on Saturday that the fifth series on BBC 1, which begins in January, will be the last. It's thought ITV has won the format - although it still hasn't confirmed this. So, what will this mean for the BBC, and for ITV? Steve asks Stephen Price from Broadcast what impact the change will have on ratings, and speaks to former BBC entertainment commissioner Jane Lush about how the BBC's future Saturday night schedule might look.Producer: Katy Takatsuki.

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  • Charlotte Moore, Turkish press crackdown, Concern about BBC independence

    · The Media Show

    We hear from the new Controller of BBC TV Channels (BBC 1,2 and 4) and iPlayer Charlotte Moore about her vision for the future. She also gives her response to claims (from Culture Secretary John Whittingdale and a recent report from consultants Oliver & Ohlbaum and Oxera Consulting), that BBC TV has become less distinctive.We hear from Sevgi Akarcesme, Editor in Chief of Today's Zaman about the Turkish state takeover of the anti-government newspaper for which she works, and from the BBC's Turkey correspondent Mark Lowen on the context of this crackdown on press freedom.A recent report by Sir David Clementi into the governance and regulation of the BBC recommended that the government appoint about half of a reformed future BBC's operational board. The Director General of the BBC, Lord Hall, said this recommendation could undermine the BBC's independence from government. So where should the balance lie between BBC freedom from government influence and the public's ability, via the democratically elected government, to have a say in how the BBC licence fee is spent? We hear from "the insider's insider" Tim Suter. He's been a BBC TV executive,worked for the broadcasting regulator Ofcom, is on the board of the Press Recognition Panel, advised the House of Lords Communications Select Committee and is one of the leaders of the European Broadcasting Union's project for developing a vision for European Public Service Broadcasting.

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  • Radiolöner retar britter: Staffan Sonning i London

    · 00:03:23 · Utrikeskrönikan

    Utrikeskrönikan den 20 juli. London, torsdag. Jag ska avslöja, att den här krönikan inte är direktsänd. Jag spelade in den i går. Om den hade varit direktsänd, hade jag kunnat fråga programledaren i direktsändning hur mycket hon tjänar. Då hade vi alla fått veta, om det är mer eller mindre än 25 miljoner kronor per år. Världens första och största public Servicebolag, BBC, har nämligen tvingats publicera hur mycket de betalar sina stjärnor. Uppgifterna kom i går, och det visar sig, att högst betald är Chris Evans, programledare för morgonradioprogrammet Chris Evans morning show i kanalen BBC 2. Han tjänar ungefär 2,2 miljoner pund om året, det vill säga omkring 25 miljoner svenska kronor. Det är hyggligt betalt och ungefär fem gånger så mycket som BBC:s VD Tony Hall har i lönekuvertet. Troligen tjänar han dessutom mer, för i den summan ingår inte de pengar han får för att vara med i BBC:s populära teveprogram om bilar Top Gear. Näst mest tjänar Gary Lineker som är programledare för sportprogrammet Match of the day. Han tjänar omkring 20 miljoner kronor per år. Å andra sidan är det förmodligen betydligt mindre än vad han tjänade som professionell fotbollspelare i Leicester, Tottenham och Barcelona. Och så får man ta med i beräkningen, att han ledde ett avsnitt av match of the day i fjol iförd bara kalsonger, eftersom han en gång lovat att göra det, om Leicester vann Premiere League. Uppgifterna om hur mycket BBC:s stjärnor tjänar, är en följd av det nya sändningstillståndet som började gälla den första januari i år, alltså avtalet med staten. Där finns det en bestämmelse som säger, att bolaget ska vara öppen med hur mycket licenspengar som går till löner, därför ska de högsta lönerna redovisas. Lönelistan publicerades i går och det blev ett himla liv. Inte minst för att det visar sig att det är en väldig skillnad mellan manliga och kvinnliga stjärnor inom BBC. Av de 96 personer som tjänar mer än 150 000 pund per år, alltså motsvarande  knappt två miljoner kronor, så är en knapp tredjedel kvinnor. Och de sju högst betalda, är samtliga män. Den högst betalda kvinnan, Claudia Winkleman, tjänar ungefär en femtedel av vad Chris Evans tar hem, ungefär fem miljoner kronor per år. Hon jobbar i både radio och TV, och blev först känd för sitt programlederi i dansprogrammet Stictly Come dancing. I dag har hon bland annat ett eget radioprogram på söndagskvällar. Den näst högst betalda kvinnan är Clare Balding. Hon är programledare i olika sportprogram och tjänar ungefär en tiondel av vad Gary Lineker gör. BBC:s lönepolicy hamnade omgående på högsta politiska nivå. Det är välgörande, att locket har lyfts av så vi alla kan se lönediskrimineringen inom BBC, sa Labours parlamentsledamot Harriet Harman i går. Självaste premiärministern Theresa May kritiserade i en intervju BBC för att betala kvinnor sämre när de gör samma jobb som män. Och en firma som representerar en rad av BBC:s kvinnliga stjärnor sa i går, att de ska undersöka om det är möjligt att stämma BBC för könsdiskriminering. Staffan Sonning, London staffan.sonning@sveriges.radio.se

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  • Lord Patten, BBC diversity, Robert Peston

    · The Media Show

    The former Chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, says that the independence of the BBC is at risk from parts of the government. Lord Patten, also the former Chairman of the Conservative Party, tells The Media Show that the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale is part of a "juvenile ideological fringe who, if given half a chance, will do the BBC real damage." We hear Lord Patten's own proposals for reforming BBC governance while safeguarding its freedom from political interference.When Robert Peston moved from the BBC to ITV amidst much fanfare, he said it was the chance to front his own politics programme that swung the deal. That programme finally gets under way this Sunday morning. We hear from "Pesto" what to expect and how he's been coping out of the limelight so far.The BBC has announced new diversity targets for ethnic minorities, women and LGBT people. But why, despite repeated campaigns, has it been so difficult for the BBC to live up to its diversity aspirations? And is the current picture on diversity quite as rosy as the BBC suggests? The BBC's Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Succession, Tunde Ogungbesan has been in the job almost a year. We hear from him and from critic of BBC diversity efforts David Lammy MP.Presenter: Steve Hewlett.Producer: Paul Waters.

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  • Paris Attacks Coverage

    · Feedback

    On Friday 13th November, Paris became the site of Western Europe's deadliest terrorist attack in over ten years. From the immediate aftermath of the attacks through to the end of the weekend and into this week, the story received heavy coverage across all BBC Radio networks, with BBC Radio 5 Live dedicating a whole day to rolling news about Paris on Saturday. It was a major story, but was BBC Radio's response proportionate? We hear your reaction. As the fight over Britain's membership of the EU intensifies, the upcoming referendum has become ripe territory for BBC Radio 4's satirists. When last Friday's The Now Show took a comedic look at the subject, some listeners were deeply unhappy with what they perceived as a 'staying in' bias. Should the BBC be scrutinising its output for bias already? And is it possible to have truly balanced comedy? Roger Bolton speaks to the BBC's Chief Adviser on Politics, Ric Bailey. This time last year, BBC Radio 5 Live's schedule was overhauled. Three of its biggest presenters, Shelagh Fogerty, Richard Bacon and Victoria Derbyshire, left and, as a consequence or not, so did 10% of the listenership. How has 5 Live fared since? Roger speaks to the network's controller Jonathan Wall to discuss ratings, sports rights and the booming sister station 5 Live Sports Extra. Last week, a brand new DAB station called BBC Music Jazz burst into existence, offering listeners music by all the greats from Gershwin to Gillespie. BBC Music Jazz was a pop up station - a temporary digital channel created in collaboration with Jazz FM. And listeners loved it. We look back at the brief and smoking life of BBC Music's first Jazz pop up. Producer: Katherine Godfrey. A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

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  • BBC on Sir Cliff coverage; Press Gazette joins IPSO; Who is Rona Fairhead?

    · The Media Show

    Rona Fairhead, the former FT Group chief executive, has been announced as the Government's preferred choice as BBC Trust chair. Her nomination comes at a challenging time for the BBC, in the run up to Charter renewal and concerns over governance. Steve hears from John Gapper, former colleague, and Associate Editor of the Financial Times, about what she could bring to the role; former Culture Secretary, Tessa Jowell MP, who introduced the BBC Trust as a system of governance, and Phil Harding, former BBC news editor and Controller of Editorial Policy, about what her appointment may mean for the Trust, and the BBC.The BBC and South Yorkshire Police appeared before MPs yesterday, regarding the search of Sir Cliff Richard's home in Berkshire. The police and the BBC cooperated with each other, which ended in the BBC having cameras and a helicopter at the singer's home when the police turned up to raid it. Hundreds of people complained about the footage. However, Chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, Keith Vaz said the BBC had behaved, 'perfectly properly'. Steve Hewlett is joined by the BBC's head of newsgathering, Jonathan Munro, to discuss the operational decisions the organisation made.The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) will replace the Press Complaints Commission next week. The majority of the UK's national press has elected to be subject to its regulation. The Press Gazette is the latest to sign up, and it's understood that a decision will be made by the Guardian shortly. However, there's still concern that ISPO is not independent enough. Executive Director of Hacked Off Joan Smith, Press Gazette editor Dominic Ponsford, and former Guardian editor and Observer columnist Peter Preston, join Steve.Producer: Katy Takatsuki.

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  • The crisis at the BBC - special one-hour edition

    · The Media Show

    The BBC management was already in trouble over the way it struggled to handle revelations about Jimmy Savile. It was then thrown into chaos when Newsnight broadcast a child abuse survivor's story, pointing at a senior Conservative politician, that turned out to be completely false. It was a failure of the BBC's most prized possession - its journalism. The new Director General resigned and the Chairman of the BBC Trust Lord Patten is in danger of following him out of the door. So how did the BBC get it so wrong? What is the future of investigative journalism at the BBC and elsewhere? And who - or what - next for the top job? Joining Steve Hewlett for an hour long Media Show special are Richard Tait a former member of the BBC's board of governors and more recently a member of the Trust, Sian Kevill former Editor of Newsnight,Editor , Richard Peel, a former Controller of Communications for BBC News for 10 years up until 1998, veteran investigative journalist John Ware, Tim Suter of Perspective Consulting but formerly of Ofcom, the DCMS and at one time a senior BBC executive. Professor Stewart Purvis whose past roles have included: Partner for Content and Standards at Ofcom, Chief Executive and Editor in Chief at ITN. Claire Enders of Enders Analysis and Richard Sambrook -the one-time director of BBC news who lost his job as a result of the last major crisis to hit BBC News - the Hutton Enquiry and after a stint running the world service is now head of journalism at Cardiff University.The producer is Simon Tillotson.

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  • Lord Puttnam on BBC White Paper, Women on air, BBC online cuts

    · The Media Show

    The BBC has announced it's scaling back and closing a range of online services - including BBC Food and Newsbeat websites - in order to save £15m. The proposed closure of the BBC Food website quickly drew widespread criticism and an online petition against the move raised over 100,000 signatures in one day. James Harding, Director of BBC News & Current Affairs, joins Steve Hewlett to explain the changes. David Puttnam, whose credits include the Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire, has spent the last few months fronting an alternative inquiry into the future of public service broadcasting. Its aim is to look at the 'nature, purpose and role of public service television today and in the future' and the findings will be published at the end of June. Lord Puttnam has been opposed to any suggestion that the government BBC Charter White Paper could reduce the size and scope of BBC. So, with the proposals now published, what does he make of them? He shares his concerns over governance and thoughts on Ofcom's new involvement with Steve Hewlett. New research shows the BBC News at Ten features the fewest number of women experts compared to other news programmes, booking nearly 4 men for every woman - just a 3% improvement compared to May 2014. It's part of findings from City University, which periodically reviews the numbers of women featured on air. This year's research has shown some improvements; ITV News at Ten, despite being similar to the BBC in terms of male/female ratio, has managed to increase its female representation by 27%. So what is the picture of gender equality across news outlets, and why is it so hard to get women on air? Steve Hewlett discusses with report author Prof. Lis Howell. Producer: Katy Takatsuki.

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  • BBC's annual report, Chris Bryant on the 'BBC under siege', Alan Whicker award.

    · The Media Show

    The BBC's Director-General Lord Hall has said it is up to licence fee payers to determine the size and shape of the BBC. It's Annual Report, out yesterday, shows how spending and staff numbers rose, despite cost cutting at the corporation. The Chairman of the BBC Rona Fairhead also said there are likely to be further cuts in "scope," prompting speculation that services would be cut. Steve Hewlett talks to Professor Lis Howell, Director of Broadcasting at City University, and the BBC's former Head of Strategy Mark Oliver, about the health of the BBC, where savings may be made, and how the corporation is positioning itself ahead of Charter renewal.The Shadow Culture Secretary has warned that speculative government plans to scale back the BBC would see it becoming a 'national irrelevance by 2027'. Chris Bryant used a major speech last night to say the 'BBC is under siege' from the government, ahead of a Green Paper on the future of the corporation out on Thursday. Steve Hewlett talks to Chris Bryant about his role as 'critical friend', why he thinks it's important the BBC remains culturally significant, and what he would do to improve the organisation.The presenter and documentary-maker Alan Whicker was best known for Whicker's World, a combination of travelogue and social commentary. In one of the longest running series in British television history he featured a range of people from despots, jet setters to eccentrics. A new foundation set up in his name has launched three documentary filmmaker awards - one for first time documentary makers over 50. Jane Ray, Consultation Artistic Director of the Whicker's World Foundation talks to Steve about the awards, and his style of documentary making.

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  • 03/07/2015

    · Feedback

    Roger Bolton looks at the battle for control of language. More than 120 MPs have written a letter to the BBC's Director General calling for an end to use of the name "Islamic State" in news reporting. David Cameron is among those calling for a change of terminology, saying that many Muslims recoil from the name. Radio 4 and World Service listeners tell us what they think the BBC should call the group and consider whether a change in terminology would weaken Islamic State, or weaken the BBC's impartiality. There are also concerns about the terminology used by the BBC when reporting immigration. Roger investigates whether listeners' concerns are about inaccuracy or the potential for stoking animosity. The biggest job in BBC Radio Comedy - the host of The News Quiz - has gone to Miles Jupp. But what do our listeners think of the new appointment, and can Miles fill Sandi Toksvig's tiny shoes? Miles is a household name for Radio 4 listeners but BBC Radio is also on the lookout for new talent with the 2015 BBC Radio New Comedy Awards. Roger speaks to Marcus Brigstocke and Angela Barnes to find out what it takes to make it in the world of radio comedy. And why, why, why, did Tom Jones' song Delilah offend one of Feedback's listeners? Roger speaks with Jeff Smith, Head of Music at BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, to find out how the BBC approaches older songs covering potentially controversial themes. Producer: Katherine Godfrey A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

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  • Race and TV viewing, The BBC impact on the market, Should Ofcom replace the BBC Trust?

    · The Media Show

    The Secretary of State John Whittingdale has been sharing his views of the BBC at the Oxford Media Conference. We hear what he had to say about BBC distinctiveness and the impact the corporation has on the market and on its commercial competitors. The BBC's head of strategy and digital James Purnell then gives his verdict on the Secretary of State's vision so far.And Sir David Clementi has carried out a review of the governance and regulation of the BBC. Former chairman of the BBC Trust, Sir Michael Lyons discusses in details of his recommendations - in particular that the BBC Trust should be scrapped and a new unitary board created with oversight by the broadcasting regulator Ofcom. Plus reaction from Richard Tait - former BBC Governor and Trustee - and one time editor of Newsnight and editor in Chief at ITN and Professor Lis Howell - head of broadcasting at City University.And, new research suggests that ethnicity is a significant factor in the television programming people watch and that the top twenty most viewed shows are very different for an ethnic minority audience compared to the country at large. We hear from one of the report's authors.

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  • 31/07/2015

    · Feedback

    Roger Bolton explores religious broadcasting on radio. As the UK becomes more spiritually diverse and increasingly secular, how should the BBC approach religious news and worship? Since its birth in the 1920s, the Corporation has always produced religious content, with programmes focussed primarily on Christian worship during the early days. Ninety years later, the religious makeup of the country is far more diverse and complex, so is the BBC keeping up with the times when it comes to spiritual matters? We ask listeners whether they think religion still has a place on the BBC, and how a national broadcaster should reflect faith and worship across different religions. For some Feedback listeners, religious output is extremely important - for others, it is outdated and inappropriate. Roger discusses these views with Religious Affairs correspondent Caroline Wyatt, Editor for Religion and Ethics in BBC Regions, Ashley Peatfield, and Head of Radio for BBC Religion and Ethics, Christine Morgan. The subject of Religion is not just confined to specialist programming. Outside of people's personal worship, religion plays a significant role in social and political affairs both on the international and domestic stage. So how well does the BBC tackle religion when it comes to news and current affairs? Islam is the fastest growing religion in the UK, but while coverage and debate around the Islamic faith is fairly common on Radio 4, Muslim worship is rarely heard. So how well does wider BBC Radio serve its Muslim listeners? Feedback visits BBC Radio Sheffield, which runs Ramadan programmes during the Holy month. Producer: Karen Pirie A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

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  • 20/03/2015

    · Feedback

    On this week's programme with Roger Bolton: the BBC's Moscow Correspondent Sarah Rainsford on reporting from Putin's Russia, the Trust's review of BBC music radio and Radio 4's Listeners' Elections. It's less than 50 days to go until this year's General Election and BBC Newsrooms are delving into the big issues of the economy and immigration. But now, Radio 4 wants to break down the election issues that matter most to its audience. The station is launching 'The Listener's Election'. It calls for listeners to submit stories that put the election campaigns into a more personal context. The BBC's Political Correspondent Chris Mason, who's behind the project, tells Roger how he hopes to reflect the UK's key concerns. Should Radio 1 and 1xtra be making moves towards including more speech in their output? Does Radio 2 need to vary its specialist music programming? And is Radio 3 starting to sound like Classic FM? These are some of the points raised in the BBC Trust's review of all six music stations. The findings of the review have now been published and Roger talks to BBC Trustee Nick Prettejohn about the review. The journalists' lobby group Reporters Without Borders ranks Russia at 152nd out of 176 countries in its Press Freedom Index and the Russian authorities seldom if ever talk to foreign press reporters, so how hard is it for the BBC's Russian correspondent to report accurately? Sarah Rainsford talks about the challenges of her job. And the BBC's School Report set a group of Sussex school children the challenge of turning a newspaper headline into a radio drama. We get a sneak preview of a Royal Pain in the Parkside which finds Prince Harry pursuing a new career - on a caravan site. Producer: Will Yates A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

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  • 14/03/2014

    · Feedback

    Is anyone at the BBC listening? This week we'll be talking to John Humphrys about whether liberal bias at the BBC has put it out of step with public opinion, and whether anything is changing. And there's a tale of sabotage and sacrilege in a Lincolnshire abbey. In an interview with this week's Radio Times, John Humphrys admitted the BBC had, in the past, been wrong in its coverage of immigration and Europe. "We weren't sufficiently sceptical - that's the most accurate phrase - of the pro-European case. We bought into the European ideal". And he went on to say that the BBC has been "grotesquely over-managed". Roger Bolton asks John what has changed and whether BBC presenters should criticise their employer. Roger's also been brushing up his Welsh this week to speak to the Editor of Programmes for BBC Radio Cymru, Betsan Powys. Following a dispute with Welsh musicians and a fall in listener figures, BBC Radio Cymru, the only national Welsh language radio station, decided it needed to start listening to its audience. After months of conversations with listeners, Radio Cymru has re-launched with a dramatic shake-up to its schedules. Will it work? And will they still be listening now they've made the changes? And our quest to find the very first bells broadcast on the BBC takes us to a small town in the Midlands to hear a listeners' fascinating tale of a nefarious plot to foil the broadcasters. Producer: Will Yates A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

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  • 22/02/2013

    · Feedback

    Scaremongering or top notch investigative journalism? We hear your views on the BBC's horsemeat coverage. Roger Bolton asks Sheila Dillon, food journalist and presenter of BBC Radio 4's Food Programme, and Jeremy Hayes, the editor of Farming Today and the Food Programme to address your questions and finds out about their approach to covering this complex story. Also in this week's Feedback, is it ok to make jokes about Jimmy Savile on the BBC anymore, whether they are new jokes or from the BBC archives? Last weekend, BBC Radio 4 Extra aired an impression of Jimmy Savile from the 1980s in an archive programme - twice. We find out how this happened and ask David Jordan, the BBC's Director of Editorial Policy and Standards, does the BBC censor the past? 7 million of us wake up to it on a weekly basis, so when the Today programme failed to appear last Monday, it's no wonder many Feedback listeners were thrown off kilter. As a result of industrial action, BBC Radio 4 replaced its usual news programmes like Today, The World at One and PM, with a selection of programmes including a 45 minute documentary about Pope Benedict XVI, re-runs of Soul Music and Loose Ends. We ask Radio 4's Head of Scheduling, Tony Pilgrim, how do you (temporarily) replace Humphrys and co.? And when is bad language ok? Well, according to our inbox, when it's in Radio 4's broadcast of V. by Tony Harrison. The swearword-laden poem received its first ever radio broadcast last Monday, 25 years after it caused a media storm when it was first broadcast on Channel 4. Plus.we have a listener story to warm the cockles. Producer: Kate Taylor A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

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  • Radio Free Skaro #577 – Second Chances

    · 01:22:16 · Doctor Who: Radio Free Skaro

    It’s a week before new Doctor Who, which means a veritable tsunami of news, previews and madness, including the surprise reveal that John Simm will come back as the Master and possibly cause a shipping paradox the likes of which hasn’t been seen since SuperWhoLock! In other surprises, Britbox announced they’re streaming most of Classic Who, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” was nominated for a Hugo, and we have a new segment called Second Chances looking at that very story with Titan Comic Tenth Doctor scribe Nick Abadzis! Links:   – Series 10 wrapped filming! – Series 10, second trailer! – John Simm returns as The Master! – The Pilot airs at 7:20pm on BBC One! – Smile synopsis! – Series 10 first 10 titles & writers & directors! – Series 10 press pack interviews! – Introducing Bill Potts! – Series 10 teaser image! – Christmas Special begins filming in July! – Pearl Mackie only around for one year? – Prime in New Zealand begins Series 10 on April 17! – BritBox brings Classic Who back to streaming! – Doctor Who Comics Day is September 2! – Doctor Mysterio gets a Hugo nomination! – Tim Piggot-Smith died. – Gallifrey One 2018 tickets went on sale! Interview: – Nick Abadzis – The Return of Doctor Mysterio!

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  • Head of BBC Studios, Top Gear, Geordie Shore

    · The Media Show

    The creation of the commercial production division of the BBC, BBC Studios, will lead to 100 per cent competition between in house and independent producers; BBC producers will be free to pitch to other broadcasters, and external producers can compete for more content on the BBC. Mark Linsey has recently been appointed as Director of BBC Studios. He talks to Steve Hewlett about how the new model will benefit the market, when tendering out will begin, and why he thinks it will mean better value for money for licence fee payers. More than a year after Jeremy Clarkson left Top Gear, the BBC's long-running motoring show is back. The first episode of the new series aired on Sunday and garnered 4.4 million viewers. Critics noted that this was below the audience achieved by the 2015 series but Chris Evans and the BBC were quick to point out that in terms of share, the re-launch surpassed the first episode of the previous series. Joining Steve to give their verdict on the post-Clarkson incarnation of Top Gear is Mark Wells, former Controller of Entertainment at ITV, and Quentin Letts, critic and sketch writer of The Daily Mail.Reality TV success Geordie Shore is celebrating its 5th birthday. With 12 seasons under its belt, it now has more than a million viewers and 16 million followers across social media, making it one of MTV's most successful programmes. Following a group of friends living together in Newcastle, it's known for showing drunken antics, rows and sex scenes, leading to controversy - it's been labelled by some as bordering on pornographic. Steve Hewlett talks to Kerry Taylor, Viacom's Senior Vice President of youth and music and an executive producer of Geordie Shore, about why the programme works so well on MTV.Producer: Katy Takatsuki.

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