I love BBC radio 4 and I am an avid listener some say I am addicted to the station.
I find that the progammes are superior to what I can find elsewhere and most Saturdays I am had pushed to leave home before noon even though I know I can listen again somehow I need to listen to the live broadcasts
You can therefore imagine my horror when it was announced on 8th February 2011 that a trustees review of services from the BBC concluded that BBC Radio 4
- needs to change to attract younger listeners especially those aged between 35- 50 whose numbers have dropped dramatically
- that the typical listener is white and over 60 years old
- the station has more listeners in South East of England than it does in Northern England
One the suggestions put forward to increase the appeal of Radio 4 for those in Northern England was to move parts of it to the north as most folk in the north of England might view Radio 4 as a London poerbase of people whose accents they do not understand.
Well I don’t know about those findings but I for one cannot imagine beginning my day with something like Capital FM and such like
BBC Radio 4 programmes inspire some of my blog posts and amongst my favourites
- A story that saw a UK MP resign having been outed as a gay man the same day that Malawi was being lectured about its stance homosexuality by eh UN secretary
- Economic migration every UK election campaign is guaranteed to raise the issue of migrants to the UK taking jobs away from the locals and last year’s elections were not different
- and the variation to this is an outright call for immigrants go back where they came from
My latest inspiration came today 10th February 2011, I was listening to the TODAY program when I heard a call for people to come forward and assist the UK National Archives identify people in photographs taken during the British rule in Africa
These are some of the photos but they are more
The National Archives Website http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/africa/
As well as at their Flickr account
Can you or anyone you know help identify the Africans?
The last Desert Island discs programme I listened to featured journalist Jon Snow. I sat and listened as he relived a moment in his early years as a reporter specifically the moment that he is sat on a light aircraft with Idi Amin.
Idi Amin fell asleep as soon as the flight took off and Jon Snow looked on and eyed the pistol Amin he was carrying and wondered what would happen if he just reached for it and shot him! I felt transported into that moment in the plane and wondered what I would have done in his place. One thing I know for sure Uganda’s history would have turned out differently!
BBC Radio 4 is not broken so LEAVE IT ALONE- PLEASE