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The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Published 26 December 2022

A comprehensive record of television and radio schedules during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday 19 September 2022

How the new look will change ITV

Published 22 September 2022

The franchise results are in. What will this mean for ITV in the 1980s?

The problems of minority broadcasting

Published 26 August 2022

A BBC that does popular and minority programmes, or, as commercial competitors want, a BBC that only does minority interest shows?

Providing a comprehensive BBC service for the whole nation

Published 12 August 2022

In the Public Interest 1/6: Charles Curran on the BBC’s costs

BBC VHF-FM transmitters in 1974

Published 24 May 2022

Your cut-out n’ keep guide to tuning into the three BBC FM services – some now in stereo! – in the UK

Radio on the move

Published 22 November 2021

It’s all change for BBC radio as the national networks move frequencies as part of a Europe-wide reorganisation

► Goodbye to the Home Service

Published 29 September 2017

The final closedown, 29 September 1967

► Sianel 4

Published 19 May 2017

A documentary from 13 October 1982 discusses how S4C came to be

Listening to War

Published 28 April 2017

Alvar Lidell narrates the story of the establishment of the BBC Monitoring Service during World War II

Introducing… Bill Grundy

Published 25 April 2017

The Radio Times in 1969 speaks to ‘It’s Saturday’ presenter Bill Grundy

✎ Farewell Howard Philpott

Published 5 February 2017

BBC Radio newsreader Howard Philpott has died

Tonight’s BBC… in 1967

Published 28 October 2015

A look at what was on the BBC on Saturday 28 October 1967

Rolling news, radio style

Published 17 November 2014

The Guardian in 1992 reports on a new BBC 24-hour news radio station

I’m with Matthew Wright. Are you?

Published 14 November 2011

BLOG: The BBC’s Delivering Quality First initiative has certainly caused a few headlines for its treatment of local radio, however much less discussed has been its impact on the BBC’s regional TV output. However its changes there have been no less controversial.

‘Axed by mistake’

Published 12 October 2010

Here’s a story and a half. Back in 2006 Mark Damazer, then controller of BBC Radio 4, axed the piece of music that had heralded the start of the broadcasting…

Wither the weather?

Published 17 June 2009

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but the treatment of the weather bulletins on Today is getting increasingly shabby. This morning just before eight was breathtaking, even by…

They didn’t Go4It

Published 17 March 2009

BBC Radio 4 is to ditch it’s children’s programme, Go4It, after seven years. Apparently the average age of the shows listeners was nowhere near it’s target audience, being, as it was, over 50.

Humph – A Tribute

Published 22 June 2008

Nigel Stapley remembers

Thought for the day

Published 11 November 2007

40% of adults pray, says survey “Britain is the most atheistic country on earth, thank God.” Thus Nick Cohen – capital “G” and all, quoted in “Pretty Straight Guys” some…

Revolution at the BBC

Published 3 October 2007

The birth of Radios 1-4

One, Two, Three, Four…

Published 3 October 2007

The coming of Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4

Radio’s tidal waves

Published 3 October 2007

Robin Carmody looks back on his Moment

40 years of Radios 1-4

Published 3 October 2007

Mike Brown’s memories

Inform, educate, entertain

Published 3 October 2007

Radio 4: a personal history

When the Airwaves Sang…

Published 1 July 2007

Nigel Stapley hits the SW Bands

Stop The Week

Published 1 June 2007

Anatomy of a popular radio series

The Many Lives of BBC Radio Sport

Published 9 April 2007

Glenn Aylett looks at sports coverage since 1945

A storm in a tea-cup

Published 22 January 2007

Anyone who, having just arrived back from a visit abroad, switched on Radio 4’s The World Tonight last Friday (19 January 2007) would have been forgiven for thinking that a…

Thought For The Day

Published 9 December 2005

Now on BBC Radio Four, we present The Antidote to Flannel Pains.

Time to end “Thought For The Day”

Published 8 August 2005

A selection of bull Every morning the ?Today? programme provides a platform to people who wish to make wild unfounded claims, exhibit a smug sense of superiority, tell us how…

A boon for busy fathers

Published 22 November 2004

Sharp rise for on-demand Before I got married, I was an avid Radio 4 listener. I picked up the Radio 4 bug at university during the Gulf War, and I…

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