Posts Tagged ‘BBC Radio 4

02
May
09

Is Mark Damazer In Control?

Is the bbc running scared? [photo: vic bates]

Is the bbc running scared?

Humphrys’ final question was, “How do you see yourself now?” To which I answered: “The old Andy is back. I’m ready to rock and roll.”

As we left the studio, Humphrys slapped me across the shoulder and said: “I think you got the tone of that absolutely right.” The producer, Karen Gregor, was gushing that I’d been “absolutely brilliant” and that it was “the best On The Ropes we have ever recorded.”

I later learned that the programme was cleared by BBC lawyers that same Thursday for broadcast the following Tuesday. It was then trailed so heavily over the weekend that I found it embarrassing to listen to Radio 4.

Kershaw: How the BBC left me on the ropes The Independent, yesterday.

Does Mark Damazer, the controller of Radio 4 and BBC7, come from the school of reactionary management or are his thoughts that of only protecting a family from further media glare? Does he see it, perhaps, as an easy way of making a name for himself along the lines of the, ‘Good managers must make controversial decisions’, philosophy? Whose interests does Damazer represent?

How’s that for a loaded question?

I’m not going to voice my opinion at great length on this, not today. But without doubt, the manner in which the BBC handle these type of incidents, is often seen as clumsy at best and has much wider and more serious implications than that of a single interview. Such decisions can only exacerbate the current atmosphere of intense sensitivity felt inside the BBC, and thus provide easy ammunition for critics outside it. In short, this is not a competent way in which to manage the country’s leading radio station.

Is Mark Damazer in control?

Kershaw: How the BBC left me on the ropes

Radio 4 Blog: ‘On The Ropes’

Mark Damazer is no stranger to unpopular decisions,
New controller announces UK Theme on Radio 4 to be scraped.

Photo credit: Vic Bates

28
Apr
09

Radio 4 pulls Andy Kershaw interview

On and Off!

On and Off!

The BBC has made an eleventh hour decision not to broadcast an interview with Andy Kershaw today.

A BBC statement said: “The aim of the programme was to explore the events leading to Kershaw’s breakdown and his subsequent efforts to recover, whilst providing the other parties involved with an appropriate degree of privacy.

“This, however, did not prove possible.”

“The programme was recorded and edited very close to the day of broadcast, hence the lateness of the decision to cancel.”

The statement said that Kershaw’s “behaviour throughout the interview was in no way an issue and had nothing to do with the decision to pull the programme”.

The Radio 4 Blog:
You can comment directly on this decision to Mark Damazer, Controller of Radio 4, at the BBC’s website.

BBC News:
Interview with DJ Kershaw pulled

The Guardian:
Radio 4 pulls Andy Kershaw interview

The Times:
Andy Kershaw: ‘I’ve never laid a finger on anyone’

IOM Today:
Andy Kershaw radio show dropped by BBC Radio 4

Google News Results:
Interview with DJ Kershaw pulled

Also worth reading is this article by David Mitchell regarding the inner politics of the BBC.

Is Radio 4 too posh? Mark Damazer serves up his recipe for change.

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20
Sep
06

More John Peel For Sale

It looks like the BBC has finally come around to truly appreciate the unique talents of Sir John Peel. To cash-in, excuse me, to tie-in with the second annual John Peel Day BBC Enterprises release John Peel Remembered and Home Truths: The Peel Years & Beyond on the 2nd of October and 2nd of November respectively.

Am I being overly cynical or is it perhaps easier for the BBC to appreciate John PeelTM the brand over the previous awkwardly principled living breathing model?

John Peel Remembered includes the Radio 4 Book of the Week serialisation of Margrave of the Marshes, Peel’s part-written autobiography completed by his wife, Sheila Ravenscroft and a Home Truths Special, a special programme to mark the anniversary of John Peel’s death, in which Tom Robinson visits Peel Acres to meet John’s wife Sheila and their four children. Available on tape and CD.

BBC Radio 4’s Home Truths, which was hosted by John Peel from 1998 until his death in 2004, had a hugely dedicated following. The programme became synonymous with Peel and with his family, as well as his unique and eccentric views on British life, which were reflected in the people he chose to contribute to the programme.

From an autistic child who’s a brilliant magician, to the Page 3 girl who became a mayor; and from a man betrayed by his best friend to a fire-eater in a giant, pink rabbit’s suit, Home Truths was at its strongest when it juxtaposed the inspiring with the humorous, the moving with the idiosyncratic. Never sentimental, it was often incredibly moving and, in the voice of John Peel in particular, managed to be enquiring without being voyeuristic, concerned but never ingratiating.

This collection of the best stories from the programme reflects the particular character of the show and its contributors, ranging between comedy and tragedy, eccentricity and inspiration. A perfect bedside companion, and a book for dipping into, Home Truths: The Peel Years and Beyond wonderfully evokes the true flavour and voices of British life. Available in Hardback book.

10
Jun
06

‘He’s a health fanatic and it makes me sick’


Before I forget – here’s a rare treat!

BBC Radio 4, Tuesday 13th June from 23:00 – 23:30: Bespoken Word is the first of a new four part series to explore performance poetry. ‘Wow yeah great Gary nice one, er I think I left the gas on actually’, I sense you say, but wait because John Cooper Clarke makes a rare appearance on radio with an updated version of the classic Beasley Street. Hopefully we’ll get to hear something new as well.

Our Johnny’s replendant in his customary back combed black mullet, drainpipes and shades in current edition of the Radio Times – Gawd bless the Beeb!

Oh and if you’re not a regular RT reader and just want a gander in WHSmith’s, the Bard of Salford is on page 119. Me, I’m off to mahjooorka!

JCC Homepage (do people still say homepage?) – with plenty to download:
http://www.johncooperclarke.com/
In conversations from Idler 17, November 1996:
http://www.idler.co.uk/archives/?page_id=48

27
Oct
05

John Peel – BBC Radio 4 Home Truths Programme

Celebrating John Peel
This week, Home Truths comes from Peel Acres in Suffolk. Tom Robinson presents a tribute to John Peel with Sheila and the family, along with your memories of John – and news of the The John Peel train.

(web page) http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hometruths/
(direct) rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio4/hometruths/hometruths.ra
[this links to the current week’s programme and will change on Saturday – so you have until then.]

A Home Truths tribute to John Peel from 2004.
The programme, presented by Roger McGough, looks back at some of Peel’s highlights on the show.

(web page) http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hometruths/20041030_peel_tribute.shtml
(player) http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hometruths/ram/20041030_peel_tribute.ram
(direct) rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio4/hometruths/hometruths_20041030.ra

20
Oct
05

Margrave of the Marshes by John Peel & Sheila Ravenscroft

BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week. 24th to 28th October 2005
Margrave of the Marshes by John Peel & Sheila Ravenscroft
9.45-10.00am, repeated 12.30-12.45am

Excerpts from John Peel’s much anticipated Biography gets an airing next week, Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October 09:45. Details will appear here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/book_of_the_week.shtml

Listen via the BBC Radio Player:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio4_promo.shtml

Listen via your media player:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/shows/rpms/radio4/bookof_mon.ram
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/shows/rpms/radio4/bookof_tue.ram
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/shows/rpms/radio4/bookof_wed.ram
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/shows/rpms/radio4/bookof_thu.ram
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/shows/rpms/radio4/bookof_fri.ram

Save files to your PC:
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio4/arts/book_week_mon.ra
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio4/arts/book_week_tue.ra
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio4/arts/book_week_wed.ra
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio4/arts/book_week_thu.ra
rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio4/arts/book_week_fri.ra

To save these radio streams to your PC use Flashget/StreamDown or similar – search google for more info. I’ll add more about how to do this for the uninitiated at some point soon. And for more ways to recieve BBC Radio see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/

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