Feedback

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Roger Bolton catches up with Evan Davis to share listener views on his new role as PM's presenter. How has Evan found the transition from Today and Newsnight, and where does he want to take the programme now that he's at the helm?

Also, listeners respond to this week's Archive on 4 about Apollo 8 and reporter Karen Pirie travels to Perivale where the vast BBC audio archives are stored. She meets with the archive's collections manager, Elliot Gibson, and talks to some of the radio producers who plunder its depths to bring lost voices back to life.

Finally, while Sailing By, Radio 4's late night precursor to the Shipping Forecast, acts as a kind of lullaby to most listeners, it has a very different effect on listener Reverend Ian Robinson's Tibetan terrier Oswald.

Producer: Will Yates
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

Roger Bolton discusses listener comment with PM presenter Evan Davis.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations
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Roger Bolton catches up with Evan Davis to share listener views on his new role as PM's presenter. How has Evan found the transition from Today and Newsnight, and where does he want to take the programme now that he's at the helm?

Also, listeners respond to this week's Archive on 4 about Apollo 8 and reporter Karen Pirie travels to Perivale where the vast BBC audio archives are stored. She meets with the archive's collections manager, Elliot Gibson, and talks to some of the radio producers who plunder its depths to bring lost voices back to life.

Finally, while Sailing By, Radio 4's late night precursor to the Shipping Forecast, acts as a kind of lullaby to most listeners, it has a very different effect on listener Reverend Ian Robinson's Tibetan terrier Oswald.

Producer: Will Yates
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

Roger Bolton discusses listener comment with PM presenter Evan Davis.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Roger Bolton catches up with Evan Davis to share listener views on his new role as PM's presenter. How has Evan found the transition from Today and Newsnight, and where does he want to take the programme now that he's at the helm?

Also, listeners respond to this week's Archive on 4 about Apollo 8 and reporter Karen Pirie travels to Perivale where the vast BBC audio archives are stored. She meets with the archive's collections manager, Elliot Gibson, and talks to some of the radio producers who plunder its depths to bring lost voices back to life.

Finally, while Sailing By, Radio 4's late night precursor to the Shipping Forecast, acts as a kind of lullaby to most listeners, it has a very different effect on listener Reverend Ian Robinson's Tibetan terrier Oswald.

Producer: Will Yates
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

Roger Bolton discusses listener comment with PM presenter Evan Davis.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations


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2018101920181021 (R4)After a week that saw Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab hurry to Brussels for talks, the BBC’s Brussels reporter Adam Fleming talks to Roger Bolton. He shares his personal insights into the challenges of covering breaking news on Brexit.

The BBC Radio 4 series ‘The Anatomy of Loneliness’ came to a close this week. It explored the results of the BBC’s Loneliness Experiment, an online survey conducted in collaboration with Wellcome Collection. Roger talks to series presenter Claudia Hammond and BBC Radio Science Unit editor Deborah Cohen and asks: what can we learn from self-selecting surveys?

This week marks the end of a government consultation on reforming the 2004 Gender Recognition Act, which set out the legal process by which a person can change their gender. On Tuesday, Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ discussed the subject, hearing from voices on various sides of the debate. Feedback hears some listeners’ perspectives on how the issue was discussed.

And BBC Radio 5 Live’s competition to find the Young Commentator of the Year is open for entries. But what makes for a pitch perfect sports commentary? Roger talks to last year’s winner Isaac Barrington and to 5 Live commentator John Murray to hear their tips on painting a picture of sport live on air.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Will Yates
A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4

Reporting breaking news on Brexit.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2018121420181216 (R4)Roger Bolton travels to Dane Court School in Broadstairs, Kent for a programme edited by listener and teacher Ben Forward. Under Ben’s guidance Roger explores young people’s listening habits and discusses what the BBC needs to do to attract a younger audience.

Also, Roger meets the BBC’s Deputy Political Editor, John Pienaar, outside the Houses of Parliament to talk about another tumultuous week in Westminster. In the face of fierce debate about the BBC’s impartiality, John answers listener questions and reflects on his role at the forefront of news coverage

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Karen Pirie
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

Listener guest editor, teacher Ben Forward discusses the targeting of younger audiences.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Radio 4's forum for audience comment.

Listener guest editor, teacher Ben Forward discusses the targeting of younger audiences.

2019061420190616 (R4)Roger Bolton presents the programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

This week - who should sit in the News Quiz chair now that Miles Jupp has decided to vacate it? Roger asks one of its regular panellists, Hugo Rifkind, if he is a candidate.

The BBC’s head of newsgathering Jonathan Munro is also in the studio to answer audience questions about the coverage of recent elections.

And the Reith Lectures have been running since 1948, have they now reached their sell-by date? The editor Hugh Levinson tells us why he believes they are as necessary as ever.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah
A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2019062120190623 (R4)In Feedback this week Roger Bolton asks if Jo Brand went too far on Radio 4’s comedy show Heresy, and whether some subjects should be off limits all together.

The row about the BBC withdrawing free TV licences from most over 75s won’t go away. Would it be better for the Corporation to cut BBC2 and Radio 5 Live? Roger hears your views.

And the Head of BBC Newsgathering, Jonathan Munro, is back to answer charges that his journalists aren’t sufficiently challenging in their political interviews.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

2019062820190630 (R4)Has the political interview lost its way? Is it in danger of just descending into an uninformative shouting match? In Feedback this week Roger Bolton turns the microphone on Today’s Nick Robinson - putting him in the interviewee’s chair for a change. What’s the point of randomly selecting a destination and committing to making a programme about it without any idea of the possible content? Roger puts this question and more to the producer of The Patch on Radio 4. And listeners who do not normally catch Radio 4’s Sunday programme switch on their alarm clocks and tell us what they think of the early morning religious programme.

Presenter: Roger Bolton

Producer: Kate Dixon

Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The Today's Nick Robinson answers listener questions on the art of the political interview

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

The Today's Nick Robinson answers listener questions on the art of the political interview

2019070520190707 (R4)Are BBC presenters paid too much? Are audience figures declining dangerously, particularly among the young? In this week's Feedback, Roger Bolton explores the facts behind the highly critical headlines following the publication of the BBC's annual report.

Also, Today’s Nick Robinson will answer claims that lies and factual inaccuracies have been insufficiently challenged in the Brexit and Conservative leadership campaigns.

And fascinating stories from an unseen Africa excite our latest panel of listener reviewers.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

Roger Bolton seeks out the real stories behind the headlines of the BBC's annual report.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Are BBC presenters paid too much? Are audience figures declining dangerously, particularly among the young? In this week's Feedback, Roger Bolton explores the facts behind the highly critical headlines following the publication of the BBC's annual report.

Also, Today’s Nick Robinson will answer claims that lies and factual inaccuracies have been insufficiently challenged in the Brexit and Conservative leadership campaigns.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

Roger Bolton seeks out the real stories behind the headlines of the BBC's annual report.

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

2019071220190714 (R4)What is it like to be the only women in the BBC Test Match special commentary box? Alison Mitchell takes us inside the holy of cricketing holies, and summariser Vic Marks explains why he often stays silent.

We also hear from the commissioning executive of the Asian Network on whether the so-called Tebbit Test has any relevance today.

Also, 5 Live’s Pienaars Politics a switch-on or a switch-off? Our latest pair of guest listener reviewers share their thoughts.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2019071920190721 (R4)Are the BBC Proms elitist? In Feedback this week, the Controller of the Proms David Pickard passionately rejects suggestion.

"Trite and naïve." That was Rajan Datar’s view of Norman Tebbit’s cricket test. Was the presenter guilty of being judge and jury - opinionated when he should have been impartial?

And two listeners review Private Passions, a programme they would not normally switch on. Would they do so a second time?

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The controller of the Proms rejects suggestions that they are elitist.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2019072620190728 (R4)Given that he has a questionable relationship with the truth, should President Trump’s speeches be broadcast without comment or context. That's what Radio 4's PM programme did. Presenter Evan Davis discusses the dilemma the programme team faced and whether or not the BBC should call the US President a liar or a racist.

We’ll also hear from one of the great broadcasters, James Burke, 50 years after he steered a massive audience through the first moon landings. Has even he had enough of the anniversary programmes?

And listeners give their verdicts on an extraordinary World service programme about a man whose seven daughters were captured by ISIS.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Alun Beach
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2019080220190804 (R4)Is the age of the wireless coming to an end? Roger Bolton invites the doyen of radio critics Gillian Reynolds to cast an experienced eye over the BBC’s on-line strategy and the price its radio networks like Radio 4 are paying for it.

Roger also asks Radio 4 PM presenter Evan Davis if he is becoming disillusioned by the way politicians seem to be embracing a post-truth world and avoiding directly answering his questions.

And more listeners leap out of their comfort zones - this time to embrace Michael Caine.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Alun Beach
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2019080920190811 (R4)Roger Bolton asks the man who regulates what you listen to on BBC radio, Ofcom's Kevin Bakhurst, why the BBC needs an external regulator after years of regulating itself.

Two more listeners move out of their comfort zones to consider babies grown inside bags - science fiction or future science fact?

And one of the BBC’s comedy greats, Barry Cryer, tells Roger whether today’s new radio comedies can compare to those golden oldies like I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue - and says whether or not he is about to retire prematurely from the programme at the early age of 84.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Alun Beach
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

2019081620190818 (R4)How realistic are the storylines in the Archers? Is the soap really an everyday story of country folk?

In Feedback this week Roger Bolton talks to an Archers Academic who analyses the heart breaking tale of Ed and Emma and their lost home.

Do you know who the Grime Granny is? Two listeners go far beyond their comfort zones to discover an unlikely 80 year old fan of urban music.

And is the BBC still a bastion of privilege dominated by privately educated alumni of Oxbridge?

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Alun Beach
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2019101120191013 (R4)The BBC’s Political Correspondent Chris Mason is to take over the chair of Any Questions, and on Feedback he tells Roger whether he intends to intervene as often as his predecessor Jonathan Dimbleby.

After an avalanche of complaints about the performance of BBC Sounds the executive responsible explains the decision to close the Radio iPlayer and defends the new platform against its critics.

And how appealing is Jeremy Vine’s show on Radio 2 to some loyal Radio 4 listeners? Feedback’s regular listener review has the answer.

Presenter: Roger Bolton

Producer: Kate Dixon

Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The new presenter of Any Questions explains how he intends to chair the programme

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

2019101820191020 (R4)In Feedback this week have the Extinction Rebellion protests been under reported on BBC Radio? Some listeners think so and are deeply suspicious about the motivation.

There is also widespread discontent about the Corporation’s decision to withdraw its programmes from TuneIn, a service which woke them up to Radio 4 each morning.

And two more listeners leave their comfort zones and head for the great unknown.

Presenter: Roger Bolton

Producer: Kate Dixon

Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2019102520191027 (R4)Does Radio 4's The Corrections need correcting? The programme that claims major news stories could be misleading or even deeply flawed has come in for criticism from some listeners. Roger Bolton considers their concerns.

Also - was one of Kirsty Wark’s interviews on Start the Week unfair to vegans? And two more Radio 4 listeners turned reviewers leave their comfort zones and head for the great unknown - or, in their case, Radio 5 Live.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2019110120191103 (R4)Does the Radio 4 series The Corrections need correcting? In Feedback this week, its presenter Jo Fidgen faces some critical questions from listeners.

The head of the BBC news output, Gavin Allen, tells Roger Bolton he is actually looking forward to the General Election campaign. But will he get rid of those vox pops which irritate many Feedback listeners?

And does the World Service care about listeners in the UK? If so why does the schedule shift when the clocks change?

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2019110820191110 (R4)Does the BBC censor its radio comedies in the run-up to the Election? Does every joke about Boris Johnson have to be followed by one about Jeremy Corbyn?

In Feedback this week, the executive in charge of The Now Show, Dead Ringers and the News Quiz, answers these questions and also addresses allegations of left wing bias in BBC radio comedy programmes.

Another senior BBC Executive explains how he hopes to persuade young people to switch on to the news, when most seem to want to run a mile.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

Roger Bolton discusses radio comedy and political bias during the election campaign.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Roger Bolton discusses radio comedy and political bias during the election campaign.

2019111520191117 (R4)Why will there only be two party leaders in the big election debate - not three or more? That's one of the questions a BBC Executive responsible for the election coverage addresses on this week's Feedback.

The producer of the latest bumper BBC podcast, Tunnel 29, explains why she turned to the TV serial Eastenders for inspiration.

And two young people try listening to Radio 4 for the first time and give their reaction.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

A BBC news executive addresses listeners' questions about the election coverage.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2019112220191124 (R4)The Today programme presenter Nick Robinson defends broadcast coverage of the election, while also admitting that some mistakes are made. He also discusses how he is preparing for chairing the next leaders’ debate.

Two young people who had never listened to BBC radio until last week are given the task of reviewing a second popular Radio 4 programme. Will PM persuade them to tune-in in the future?

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2019112920191201 (R4)Listeners ask if it was fair of Radio 4’s The Long View to compare Extinction Rebellion with the Bonfire of the Vanities, conducted by a fifteenth century prophet of doom?

The programme’s series producer discusses the comparison with Roger Bolton.

We also hear from the producer of Only Artists, a programme about which few listeners are indifferent. Most either love it or hate it.

And two listeners give their views on the World Service radio programme which suggested Zimbabwean grandmothers may have a solution to the mental health problems of the West’s Twitter generation.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2019120620191208 (R4)Has the BBC overdone its coverage of Prince Andrew’s relationship with a convicted paedophile?

The BBC’s royal correspondent Jonny Dymond discusses this issue and talks about the challenges of reporting the royals.

Also, do you have to be middle class and Oxbridge educated to get in - and get ahead - in the BBC? And two listeners review a late night Radio 3 discussion programme.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2019121320191215 (R4)The Editorial Director of BBC News answers listeners' questions on BBC election coverage.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

The Editorial Director of BBC News answers listeners' questions on BBC election coverage.

2019122020191222 (R4)As the Government boycotts BBC Radio 4’s the Today programme, Roger Bolton asks the Editor, Sarah Sands, for her view and how she will respond.

Also on Feedback this week, two more listeners - a mother and daughter - are taken out of their comfort zones to listen to George the Poet, with surprising results.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2019122720191229 (R4)Radio 3 had a much admired schedule, so why change it? That's one of the questions Roger Bolton puts to Radio 3's Controller of Radio 3, Alan Davey, in the last programme of the current series.

Also, two listener reviewers have some pungent comments to make about a popular history podcast and The Observer’s Miranda Sawyer gives Radio 4 some radical advice.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2020022120200223 (R4)Director of BBC News and Current Affairs, Fran Unsworth, answers listener concerns about the planned cuts and fears they will lead to the loss of distinctiveness for programmes such as Today, The World at One and PM. She explains the changes and why she believes there is no alternative.

Also, can science help dispel racist myths? We discuss Adam Rutherford’s Book of the Week on BBC R4, How to Argue with a Racist.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Alun Beach

Executive Producer: Samir Shah
A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2020022820200301 (R4)A senior BBC News executive discusses the extensive coverage given to the coronavirus Covid-19 as it continues its spread around the world.

The award-winning comedian Jon Holmes explains how he thinks the audience should listen to his new Radio 4 comedy series, The Skewer.

And two more listener reviewers give their thoughts on a long-running Radio 4 programme.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2020030620200308 (R4)As the Ambridge storyline about historic child sex abuse comes to an end, Roger Bolton hears audience views and discovers how The Archers production team handled this difficult story. The Editor of The Archers, Jeremy Howe, explains how the story was planned and why a much loved character, the retired academic Jim, was chosen to be at the centre of the plot.

Also, a father and daughter try - and fail - to agree on whether some new radio comics on Radio 5 Live are actually funny.

And media analyst Claire Enders spells out the existential crisis facing the BBC, as listeners comment on the future of the licence fee.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2020031320200315 (R4)As the coronavirus outbreak is confirmed as a pandemic, the BBC’s medical correspondent Fergus Walsh talks about the daily dilemmas he faces in reporting the story, and answers comments from the audience about the coverage.

The Editor of Ramblings - a long-running staple of the BBC Radio 4 schedules - responds to some listeners who think it has lost its way.

And two more listeners review That Peter Crouch Podcast.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

20200405Chris Mason is now presenting Any Questions on BBC Radio 4 in a room alone and without an audience. He tells Roger Bolton how this has changed the programme, and listerners give their views on missing the applause, the boos and the hisses.

Also, listeners discuss whether a coronavirus free Ambridge is absurd or a refreshing change from the real world, and if it was wise to blow up Linda Snell.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

20200426The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

How well is BBC News rising to the challenge of reporting the coronavirus pandemic, and what should its role be? Should it support the Government at this time of national crisis or continue with tough forensic questioning and reporting?

Roger Bolton puts listeners’ comments and questions about the coronavirus coverage to Gavin Allen, the head of BBC News output.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

2020061920200621 (R4)Listeners give their verdict on The Archers now that the pandemic has arrived in Ambridge.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

The Archers has taken a dramatic turn – but is it for the worse? As internal monologues replace dramatic dialogue and confrontation, listeners give their verdicts on the most radical transformation in the soap’s long history.

As Tim Harford prepares to do even more episodes of Radio 4’s More or Less, he explains to Roger about the use - and abuse - of statistics.

And should Radio 4 Extra stop repeating comedies from what is claimed to be the racist past?

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon

Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2020062620200628 (R4)The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

The BBC's Business Editor addresses how coverage of industry may change post-epidemic.

Does the BBC need to rethink its business coverage in light of the coronavirus epidemic? The BBC’s Business Editor Simon Jack gives his view and answers listeners' questions.

Journalist Nick Wallis explains why he spent ten years on an investigation into the treatment of sub-postmasters by the Post Office, which has now been turned into a ten-part series on Radio 4.

And two listeners living abroad explain why they listen to the BBC’s domestic radio output, and turn amateur reviewers of a Radio 4 programme.

Presenter: Roger Bolton

Producer: Kate Dixon

Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2020070320200705 (R4)The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2020071020200712 (R4)The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Was Cleopatra secretly carried into her first audience with Julius Caesar wrapped in a duvet rather than a carpet? Radio 4’s Homeschool History claims a duvet is nearer the truth than Hollywood’s version. Presenter Greg Jenner outlines his evidence.

Two Feedback listeners review a Radio 2 documentary about Italia 90. Did it take them out of their comfort zones?

And will these latest cuts to the local radio budget prove too much for the service to bear?

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

2020071720200719 (R4)Is it worth the BBC holding the Proms this year without an audience present? Controller of Radio 3 Alan Davey discusses the value of the Proms without Promenaders.

Test Match Special is back, also without crowds of spectators, and with the commentators in safety bubbles, TMS Producer Adam Mountford explains how they are muddling through, and reveals who upset the England team with their impromptu concert.

And two more listeners turn amateur reviewers of a programme on 6 Music. Will they travel outside of their comfort zones?

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2020072420200726 (R4)The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

The outgoing Editor of Radio 4’s Today Programme is heading off to a monastery in France. Has three years of editing the BBC‘s flagship radio news programme led to her taking the veil?

Sarah Sands reflects on her tenure and brings an ‘outsider's’ view of Today and the BBC - and explains she’s going on retreat to write a book.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

2020073120200802 (R4)The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2020080720200809 (R4)Now that the Archers have started talking to each other face-to-face Alison Hindell, the Commissioning Editor in charge of Ambridge, answers listeners' criticisms of the programme during lockdown, and responds to a range of audience views on Radio 4 drama.

Producer Sarah Shebbeare discusses her World Service documentary The Death Row Book Club in which an innocent man survived 28 years in solitary confinement. Anthony Ray Hinton who is black spent most of his time on death row in an Alabama jail where he set up his own book club, one of whose members was a Ku Klux Klansman.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience

2020081420200816 (R4)The BBC’s head of statistics discusses the reliability of figures broadcast for coronavirus infections and deaths.

Was the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini a suitable subject for Radio 4’s Great Lives series? The programme’s presenter Matthew Parris defends the decision.

And two amateur reviewers give their verdict on an episode of Woman’s Hour.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

2020082120200823 (R4)An in-depth interview with the Controller of Radio 4, Mohit Bakaya.

He has been in charge of Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra and Radio 4 podcasts for almost a year, and before that had been a commissioning editor at the network since 2008.

He responds to listeners’ questions about The Archers, Desert Island Discs, Woman’s Hour, coronavirus coverage and his plans for the future.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
Executive Producer: Paula Prynn

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

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2020101620201018 (R4)The BBC’s Medical Editor is once more reporting from the Covid front line. Roger Bolton asks Fergus Walsh what lessons he has learned from covering the first wave.

What is code switching? The BBC Radio 4 programme of that name raised some questions from Feedback listeners, Roger asks a linguistics academic to explain.

And Nancy Sinatra puts on her boots again. Did she walk all over our listener reviewers?

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2020102320201025 (R4)There is to be a new chairman of the BBC, and several high profile figures have been linked with the position.

In Feedback this week Roger attempts to try and find out how much power the new chairman will have, and whether he or she will be accountable in any way to the licence-fee payer.

Journalist and broadcaster Anne McElvoy talks about her attempts to get political opponents to actually listen to each other in her new Radio 4 series of, Across the Red Line.

And two British born American listeners review the Americast podcast, how does it compare to US election coverage?

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2020110620201108 (R4)Veteran broadcaster Mark Mardell has just left the Corporation. He said goodbye to listeners of the World at One and The World This Weekend and now feels free to speak his mind. He tells Roger Bolton about his concerns over the reporting of Donald Trump and his supporters.

He also explains why he believes cuts in the numbers of BBC reporters threatens to damage its journalism, and discusses the new Director General's campaign on impartiality.

And two listeners give their thoughts on the Radio 5 Live podcast What Planet Are We On? in which Sir David Attenborough outlines his concerns about the environment.

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2020111320201115 (R4)BBC radio listeners are expressing their concerns about the cuts to BBC News and the departure of several senior correspondents. Roger Bolton discusses their reaction with a former editor of the Today programme.

Roger Mosey who was also a former editorial director with the corporation gives his thoughts on this and cuts to local radio, which means there will be fewer reporters in the regions.

The editor of Radio 4’s Bringing up Britain series defends his programme from accusations of bias in favour of one child families.

And - the mystery of Elton John’s dog that did not bark, in a Radio 3 programme about composers and their dogs.

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2020112020201122 (R4)Should BBC journalists come off the fence and campaign over climate change? That's one of the questions raised by Feedback listeners and put to Justin Rowlatt, the corporation’s chief environment correspondent.

Was the Radio 4 series The Unknown Warrior too misty eyed, and insufficiently indignant about the way lions were led by donkeys into the slaughter of the Somme?

And our Out Of Your Comfort Zone listeners tune in to a history programme on the BBC World Service. Did they tune out before the end?

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2020112720201129 (R4)Is the Archers back to its best? After a torrid time under lockdown restrictions, the drama is nearly back to its pre-Covid level of production. Currently it has a powerful storyline with Alice Carter’s alcoholism and pregnancy producing compelling radio. Has it been enough to lure back some once regular listeners?

As she clocks up 25 years presenting Today in Parliament, Susan Hulme takes Feedback behind the scenes in the tense countdown to transmission.

And did our listeners find Radio 4’s The Likely Dads entertaining and informative? Or neither?

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2020120420201206 (R4)What is the truth about the White Helmets who rescue bomb victims in Syria, and was one of their leaders, a former British soldier, murdered, or did he commit suicide? The presenter and producer of the Radio 4 podcast series Mayday answers listeners’ questions.

And the BBC’s daily consumer programme You and Yours is 50 years old. The editor explains to Roger Bolton how, after half a century on air, they never run out of material.

And two listeners review a programme where remarkable poetry is produced from a mental illness.

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2020121820201220 (R4)After almost half a century, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue is still the most popular radio comedy, according to a poll of Radio Times readers.

The producer of the series for nearly 30 years is Jon Naismith. He gives insights into the show and explains that it nearly didn’t survive the pilot.

Equally loved by radio listeners is the Christmas Eve broadcast from Kings College Chapel, Cambridge. Producer Philip Billson explains how the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will sound with no congregation present, and the choir socially distanced.

And do you care whether Bollywood is monopolising the modern Indian music scene? Husband and wife amateur reviewers have very different views.

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The producer of the series for nearly 30 years is Jon Naismith. He gives insights into the show and explains that it nearly didn’t survive the pilot.

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2021021920210221 (R4)How is Emma Barnett settling in as the main presenter of Woman’s Hour? Is she turning the programme into a radio version of Newsnight? In the first edition of a new series of Feedback listeners give their contrasting views.

Also this week, the departing newsreaders Corrie Corfield and Neil Sleat confess their broadcasting sins, including accidentally taking Radio 4 off air.

And two young politics graduates who have never heard the Today programme, give it a listen.

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2021022620210228 (R4)The BBC‘s Deputy Director of News faces questions from listeners about the Corporation’s Covid coverage. Jonathan Munro hears concerns that his journalists are not tough enough on the Government, and are neglecting other vital stories.

And two young politics graduates who never switch on Radio 4, are exposed to the News Quiz. Did it raise a smile?

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20210305Melvyn Bragg came up with the idea of the long-running Radio 4 programme In our Time back in 1998 and, 900 editions later, is still at the helm. He answers listeners’ questions and explains how he thought it would only last six months at best.

Peter White has gone much further back in time for his series Disability: A New History recently re-broadcast on Radio 4. Listeners have found it revelatory, but did he?

And a mother and daughter try to discover whether men really do rule the world, by listening to a programme on the World Service.

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2021030520210307 (R4)Melvyn Bragg came up with the idea of the long-running Radio 4 programme In our Time back in 1998 and, 900 editions later, is still at the helm. He answers listeners’ questions and explains how he thought it would only last six months at best.

Peter White has gone much further back in time for his series Disability: A New History recently re-broadcast on Radio 4. Listeners have found it revelatory, but did he?

And a mother and daughter try to discover whether men really do rule the world, by listening to a programme on the World Service.

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20210312There has been almost blanket media coverage of the extraordinary interview given by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Oprah Winfrey. One of the people charged with bringing this story to BBC radio is the Royal Correspondent Jonny Dymond, He responds to listeners’ questions and talks to Roger Bolton about the difficulties in reporting the story.

Fascism is alive and kicking in Britain today. That's the claim of a Radio 4 series, but can we all agree on what fascism is in the 21st Century?

And our Out of Your Comfort Zone listeners review a programme about how ants cope with disease, and whether we can learn anything from them.

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2021031220210314 (R4)There has been almost blanket media coverage of the extraordinary interview given by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Oprah Winfrey. One of the people charged with bringing this story to BBC radio is the Royal Correspondent Jonny Dymond, He responds to listeners’ questions and talks to Roger Bolton about the difficulties in reporting the story.

Fascism is alive and kicking in Britain today. That's the claim of a Radio 4 series, but can we all agree on what fascism is in the 21st Century?

And our Out of Your Comfort Zone listeners review a programme about how ants cope with disease, and whether we can learn anything from them.

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2021031920210321 (R4)Are you a mood mum? Do you even know what that means? You can find out as Roger Bolton explores why Radio 2 is so keen on attracting listeners from this new demographic. But is the station in danger of driving away older listeners as a result?

Martin Jarvis has just directed a controversial new Radio 4 play by the celebrated American playwright David Mamet. He discusses the play and responds to listeners' comment.

And the alarming effects of the music of Poly Styrene, the singer with band X Ray Spex, on some discomforted Radio 4 listeners.

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As politicians, doctors and scientists fought to bring Covid under control, the BBC's Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg was trying to find out what was really going on in Downing Street, Whitehall and in Parliament. She explains to Roger Bolton the difficulties she has encountered covering this unique story over the past year.

And the actor and director Martin Jarvis talks about radio drama, and specifically his recent role on Radio 4 as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd.

Is there any evidence that poltergeists exist? Two amateur reviewers assess a radio series that aims to find out.

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20210423

Roger Bolton hears more views from listeners about the BBC's coverage of the death of HRH the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Does Danny Robins, the writer and producer of the Radio 4 programme and podcast The Battersea Poltergeist, believe that ghosts exist? And did making his programme change his mind?

And two drama students review Radio 4’s Front Row. Would they recommend it to their college colleagues?

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2021042320210425 (R4)Roger Bolton hears more views from listeners about the BBC's coverage of the death of HRH the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Does Danny Robins, the writer and producer of the Radio 4 programme and podcast The Battersea Poltergeist, believe that ghosts exist? And did making his programme change his mind?

And two drama students review Radio 4's Front Row. Would they recommend it to their college colleagues?

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01/07/20162016070320160701 (R4)Listeners respond to post-referendum coverage on Radio 4 and 5 live.

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01/12/20172017120320171201 (R4)Roger Bolton with listeners' views on BBC radio programmes.

Earlier this week Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement, followed by their first joint interview with the BBC presenter Mishal Husain. But should the presenter have highlighted Ms Markle's mixed race background? We hear your views on the royal engagement coverage.

In a fast-moving situation, how do you discover what is really going on? The BBC's Southern Africa Correspondent Andrew Harding tells us how he reported on recent events in Zimbabwe.

Also Radio 4's recent dramatisation of Graham Greene's novel Stamboul Train included some of the author's original anti-Semitic passages. Radio 4's Commissioning Editor for Drama and Fiction Jeremy Howe tells us why he decided not to edit out some of those remarks.

And Roger goes behind-the-scenes at Radio 4's consumer affairs programme You and Yours, sitting down with presenter Winifred Robinson to hear more about how the programme interacts with its listeners.

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Roger Bolton speaks to Richard Burgess, BBC UK news editor, about the royal engagement.

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02/03/20182018030420180302 (R4)Roger Bolton hears listener views on a shocking death on The Archers, Brexit, Breakfast- and a radio classic gets rebooted.

Nic Grundy's sudden death from Sepsis has shocked the residents of Ambridge and Archers' fans. Some have taken issue with how it was handled, but most have been queuing up to praise the powerful storyline. The show's acting editor Alison Hindell joins Roger to answer listener comments and discuss the thinking behind Nic's untimely demise.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy remains one of BBC Radio's most loved comedy programmes. Now, Radio 4 have decided to bring it back. Many of the surviving cast are returning to reprise their roles, as is legendary producer Dirk Maggs. He speaks to Roger and a Feedback listener about the making of the new series, his use of sound effects and how they were able to convince Professor Stephen Hawking to make a surprise turn as the Guide itself.

And, as Brexit continues to dominate the headlines, listeners from both sides of the debate tell us what they think of the BBC Radio News coverage of the issue.

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Roger Bolton discusses a shocking death on The Archers and reviving classic radio comedy.

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03/06/20162016060520160603 (R4)Is the BBC too timid with its referendum coverage? And is Radio 4 too posh?

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03/11/20172017110520171103 (R4)Roger Bolton hears a range of listener views on the Today programme's 60th anniversary live edition. Did some of the presenters bray over gags about sexual harassment and assault?

To kick off the new series of The Moral Maze, Radio 4 has been working in partnership with Dundee University to trial a new piece of technology that aims to help the listener become a more effective debater. Roger gives this innovation a try.

Roger also goes behind the scenes at the Ken Bruce show to find out more about how he and his sidekick Lynn Bowles interact with their listeners. and speaks to the first - and now former - Radio 4 Poet in Residence Daljit Nagra to find out more about the role.

And, erm, well, so... The verbal tics that drive you mad. Why do they pepper so much of a BBC radio broadcaster's natural speech? Socio-linguist Heike Pichler explains what's really going on.

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Roger Bolton with reaction to 60th anniversary edition of the Today programme.

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04/08/20172017080620170804 (R4)Roger Bolton asks if Radio 5 Live was right to interview a controversial columnist, discusses BBC plans to reinvent audio, and finds out how to relax a Prom.

Kevin Myers was the subject of enormous public backlash after he published a column in the Irish edition of the Sunday Times that many saw as anti-semitic. So should Radio 5 Live have invited him onto Emma Barnett's 5 Live daily for an interview? He apologised, and tried to explain his position, but Feedback listeners are split on whether the interview was well judged and sufficiently robust.

Radio 4's Partition Voices coincides with the 70th anniversary of the partition of India, bringing the history to life with often heartbreaking stories from people who experienced it first hand and are now in the UK. The presenter, Kavita Puri, discusses why these stories are only now being heard.

In the annual plan published a few weeks ago, the BBC unveiled ambitious plans to "reinvent and grow audio". But with impressive audience figures released on Thursday, radio seems to be so far so good - so what changes are on the horizon? And what does "reinventing audio" actually mean? Roger finds out by speaking with Andrew Caspari, the BBC's acting controller of Radio and Music, Multiplatform.

Finally, this year's Proms have brought a very different kind of performance to the Royal Albert Hall - the first ever "relaxed prom", designed for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities. Feedback finds out more about the creation of this unique event - and what the audience made of the experience.

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05/04/20202020040320200405 (R4)Chris Mason is now presenting Any Questions on BBC Radio 4 in a room alone and without an audience. He tells Roger Bolton how this has changed the programme, and listerners give their views on missing the applause, the boos and the hisses.

Also, listeners discuss whether a coronavirus free Ambridge is absurd or a refreshing change from the real world, and if it was wise to blow up Linda Snell.

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06/04/20182018040820180406 (R4)Has BBC News over-reported allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party? Also, Roger Bolton has breakfast with Petroc Trelawny, Home Front's editor discusses the end of the series, listeners weigh in on Soul Music, and Michael Sandel discusses The Public Philosopher.

Listeners have been speaking to Feedback about the BBC's coverage of Jeremy Corbyn's recent attendance at a controversial seder dinner, which reignited the ongoing row over claims of anti-Semitism in his party. Some cite this as evidence that the BBC is anti-Corbyn.

Meanwhile, Feedback listeners have been singing the praises of Michael Sandel's The Public Philosopher, praising in particular an edition where he led a debate on the question of Citizens of Nowhere. Michael Sandel joins Roger from Harvard to talk about how the programme aims to bring a more measured and philosophical lens to urgent politicial questions, such as those about Brexit.

When it wraps up in November this year, the drama Home Front will have run for nigh on 600 episodes. Editor Jessica Dromgoole explains what its like to reach the final leg of what has been an extremely ambitious journey, and historical adviser Professor Maggie Andrews discusses how the series attempts to recreate the feel of First World War Britain.

And some listeners have been in touch with Feedback to say that they've been fleeing the Today programme for the soothing tones of Petroc Trelawny on Radio 3. Fresh from his breakfast show, Petroc joins Roger for a cup of coffee to elucidate how he stays so calm so early in the morning.

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06/10/20172017100820171006 (R4)The new Editor of Today defends her programme against listeners' accusations that coverage is no longer focused on the news. Sarah Sands addresses concerns that 'softer' features have taken priority, discusses the future of the presenting team and sets out her vision for the future of Today.

When the programme ran several items on Fashion Week, a long interview with actress Judi Dench and on-location reporting from Silicon Valley on the launch of a new Apple smartphone, listeners wrote in to express their dissatisfaction with the coverage. Many stated that the emphasis for Today should be on news rather than features, with more analysis from BBC correspondents. Sarah Sands explains why this coverage was of relevance to the Today audience and discusses her plans to attract new audiences.

Also, we hear mixed reviews from listeners in response to the five-part series, 'Whodunnit: The Calendar Conspiracy'' examining the theory that when you are born has a direct impact on educational and professional success.

And the BBC responds to listeners' claims that there is a geographical bias in coverage favouring natural disasters that occur in the United States rather than the developing world.

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Roger Bolton speaks to the new editor of Today about her vision for the programme.

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07/07/20172017070920170707 (R4)In the past two weeks, former party leaders Iain Duncan Smith and Ed Miliband have been taking turns replacing Jeremy Vine on his Radio 2 show. But why did they say yes to this risky venture? And what did they learn from spending time on the other side of the microphone? Ed and Iain join Roger Bolton to look back at their time on air.

The BBC has, for the first time, published an annual plan that lays out its commitments for the year ahead. But what does it mean for BBC radio listeners? Colin Browne, Chairman of the Voice of the Listener and Viewer, discusses the strategy and shares some concerns about the BBC's approach to accountability and transparency.

Only Artists has replaced Midweek in the schedule. But many of Midweek's fans are disappointed that the new series chose to leave Libby Purves' sharp interviewing behind. Meanwhile, other listeners love how the new programme gives artists more time and space to explore their work. Only Listeners debate the change.

Finally, BBC Radio 4 is in the middle of a season of dark and disturbing Dangerous Visions, dramas and readings that present an alternative vision of the future. The man behind it, BBC Radio 4's commissioning editor for Drama and Fiction Jeremy Howe, sits down with Roger to discuss the appeal of dystopia, the place of Kafka in a slate of science fiction and where the season will go next.

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Iain Duncan Smith and Ed Miliband reflect on their time deputising for Jeremy Vine.

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07/10/20162016100920161007 (R4)Roger Bolton discusses personalisation of BBC iPlayer and binaural Beckett on Radio 3.

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08/07/20162016071020160708 (R4)Rapid response comedy and the visualisation of BBC Radio.

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08/12/20172017121020171208 (R4)Roger Bolton with listeners' views on a range of BBC radio programmes.

When iPM broadcast an interview with a sex offender at length, some listeners wrote to tell us they disagreed that a convicted criminal should have been given such a platform. Listener Catherine Jackson tells us why she thought this was inappropriate and expresses her concern about the impact on his victims.

And just how much of a predicament can BBC presenters find themselves in while on air? BBC World Service presenter Alex Ritson tells us what happened when he experienced a Type 1 diabetes attack during a morning broadcast of The Newsroom.

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Roger Bolton hears the views of one listener on iPM's interview with a sex offender.

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09/03/20182018031120180309 (R4)Roger Bolton asks if BBC journalists should describe political parties as "populist", discusses soft power with the head of BBC Arabic and finds out about the return of comedy to Radio 1 after more than a decade.

In the wake of success for the Five Star movement and the Italian League in the Italian elections, listeners have been reacting to the BBC's description of them as "populist". Some consider that it implies a pejorative view of the parties in question? The BBC's Europe editor Katya Adler joins Roger to explain the meaning of the term and answer listener's questions.

BBC Arabic has just celebrated 80 years since the launch of its radio service, still tasked with providing news in a challenging and volatile region for journalists. But does the influx of Foreign Office money to the BBC World Service risk undermining its reputation for impartiality and independence? Samir Farah, head of BBC Arabic, discusses soft power and the future of the service.

Radio 1 was once known for launching the careers of legendary comedians, but it's been more than 10 years since the network dedicated programmes to comedy. That's about to change, with the arrival of a new wave of specially commissioned Radio 1 comedy podcasts. The commissioner behind it, Louise Kattenhorn, and Benjamin Partridge, creator of the hit podcast Beef and Dairy Network and the star of one of the new Radio 1 commissions, talk about how to bring podcast comedy to a Radio 1 audience.

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Should BBC journalists describe political parties as 'populist'?

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09/06/20172017061120170609 (R4)On the morning after the night before, Roger Bolton talks to the BBC's Head of Newsgathering, Jonathan Munro, about the corporation's election coverage, responding to audience complaints about bias and over-aggressive interviewers.

Also, listener Marcia Hughes gets to the heart of Radio 4's Soul Music with producer Maggie Ayre.

And audio addict Anthony Frost explains why his all-consuming passion for radio means he finds it difficult to find time to talk to his wife.

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Election Coverage - The Listeners' Verdict.

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09/09/20162016091120160909 (R4)Listener reactions to coverage of the Olympic Games. And Archers fans debate the trial.

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10/06/20162016061220160610 (R4)Did the BBC place Muhammad Ali on a pedestal? And a look into the role of BBC 6 Music.

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10/11/20172017111220171110 (R4)Roger Bolton speaks to two listeners with opposing views on The Archers and we speak to Sam Wolfson about declining Radio 1 listener figures.

Following the release of the latest RAJAR figures, which measures radio listening habits, Nick Grimshaw's Radio 1 breakfast show has seen the lowest reach since RAJAR records began. We speak to the network's target audience at a college in Warrington to find out how they are now listening to audio and Sam Wolfson, Executive Editor of VICE UK explains why those figures have dipped.

And The Archers continues to attract new audiences with its dramatic twists and turns. But some listeners say the programme has gone too far. We hear from two Archers fans on opposing sides of the argument.

Well, so, like, you know what I mean...? Sociolinguist Heike Pichler makes a return visit to Feedback to respond to listener comments on the various uses of 'so' and to explain the meaning behind some of Roger's most irritating verbal tics.

And radio that changes lives. We hear from listener Nicola Watson about an episode of 'You and Yours' that gave her the confidence she needed to return to the workforce.

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Roger Bolton speaks to two listeners with opposing views of The Archers.

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11/04/20212021040920210411 (R4)Why does Saturday Live's the Reverend Richard Coles insist on using his title when he presents non-religious programmes? That's one of the questions put to the former pop star and polymath by Roger Bolton.

What does the BBC's Annual Plan tell listeners about the future of radio? Roger Mosey the former Editorial Director of the BBC gives his view.

And in Out of your Comfort Zone, two amateur reviewers give their verdict on the BBC Radio podcast I'm Not a Monster. Were they convinced?

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12/04/20202020041020200412 (R4)Does BBC local radio have a special role to play in the coverage of the coronavirus crisis and, with many of its staff in isolation, does it have the resources to do it?

Roger Bolton puts these and other questions to Chris Burns who runs BBC local radio. A reporter from Radio Gloucestershire explains how her station is coping, having only just finished covering the terrible floods in the Severn area before the virus struck.

And two more listeners have been taken out of their comfort zones. Has it changed their listening habits?

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13/04/20182018041520180413 (R4)Radio 4's forum for audience comment.

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13/10/20172017101520171013 (R4)The Editor of PM defends his programme against listeners' accusations that presenter Eddie Mair's interview with Home Secretary Amber Rudd was hostile and biased. Roger Sawyer discusses the presenter's robust style of interviewing and sets out his editorial stance on the presentation of this and other items on the programme.

When Amber Rudd sought to bring the focus of the interview back to the policy announcements made by the Prime Minister at the Party Conference, listeners expressed their frustration with Eddie Mair's questioning. We speak to those who suggest that the presenter didn't allow for an informed discussion of the Conservative Party's policies, but focused instead on the Prime Minister's misfortunes, most notably her well-documented cough. Roger Sawyer explains these editorial decisions and discusses the sanctioning of coverage such as the use of gunfire on the recent Las Vegas shooting item.

And we hear from one listener dissatisfied with Winifred Robinson's latest programme on home education, 'Out of School, Out of Sight'. Fee Berry speaks to Roger Bolton about her view that the programme should have been more carefully balanced.

Also, listeners discuss their reactions to Feedback's interview last week with the new Editor of the Today programme, Sarah Sands and we hear from those involved in the introduction of the BBC World Service's new Pidgin English programming.

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Roger Bolton speaks to the editor of PM about Eddie Mair's interview with Amber Rudd.

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14/07/20172017071620170714 (R4)Roger Bolton investigates audience responses to BBC radio programmes.

A number of listeners were shocked to hear description of an act of torture and murder on Radio 4's lunchtime series Cold War: Stories from the Big Freeze and considered it overly graphic for the time of day. Should listeners have been given more warning about the unsettling nature of the story? And was the station right to broadcast it at all? Producer Phil Tinline and Radio 4's Editorial Standards Editor Roger Mahony answer listener complaints.

And, has radio become just a bit too fast? Radio 3 is spearheading a trend towards "Slow Radio", which uses ambient sounds and unusually long programmes to provide listeners with a relaxing antidote to rolling news and action packed documentaries. Feedback reporter Rebecca Pearce explores how this trend originated in Norway and is now migrating onto BBC Radio. She speaks to Norwegian Slow TV pioneer Thomas Hellum and to Horatio Clare, the presenter of Radio 3's recent Sound Walk.

Also, Music to Strip To gave the Radio 4 audience a quick blast of burlesque culture, catching the imagination of one listener in particular. He interviews the producer, Steve Urquhart.

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Was Radio 4 right to broadcast a description of torture and murder during the day?

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14/10/20162016101620161014 (R4)Jon Sopel on Trump v Clinton. Plus, the future of Radio 5 live.

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15/07/20162016071720160715 (R4)Have the BBC given Boris an easy ride through Brexit coverage? And the new Proms director.

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15/12/20172017121720171215 (R4)Roger Bolton with listener views on BBC radio programmes.

The way in which we listen to radio is radically changing. On Monday this week, the BBC launched its first full voice app for voice recognition speakers. Editor of Voice Mukul Devichand describes how the new way of listening works, demonstrating how this technology will allow greater access to the BBC's range of live radio stations and podcasts.

Also, we hear from listener Roslyn Byfield about a recent item on World at One about teenage mental health. She discusses the audio diaries of a teenage girl suffering from anxiety.

Tweet of the Day is one of BBC Radio 4's best-loved programmes, but has it moved too far away from its original format, putting famous voices above birdsong? Editor James Cook discusses the programme and responds to listener comments on Michael Morpurgo's analysis of the magpie.

And - how radio changes lives. Listeners Simon Rennie and Libby Tempest tell us how an edition of In Our Time helped inspire change.

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Roger Bolton speaks to the BBC's Editor of Voice about changes in the way we listen.

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16/03/20182018031820180316 (R4)Roger Bolton asks if the BBC was slow to report allegations of sexual abuse in Telford, and the BBC's News Editor responds to concerns. Also this week - listeners' least favourite phrases, the new Welsh breakfast show, and memories of hearing the late Professor Stephen Hawking on the radio.

After the Sunday Mirror reported allegations of wide ranging sexual abuse of more than 1000 girls over a 40 year period in Telford, a number of national commentators and columnists accused the BBC of failing to give the story sufficient attention and prominence. In particular, it was suggested that the BBC had been held back by political correctness, since many of the accused offenders are of Asian origin. What followed was a huge twitter storm, with users on both sides angrily disputing the BBC's coverage. The BBC's News Editor James Stephenson joins Roger o discuss how the corporation's news division approached the story.

On A Point of View, sociologist Tom Shakespeare laid out with forensic ferocity why he hates the phrase "going forward" - prompting listeners to weigh in with their own linguistic bugbears. Tom sits down with Roger to discuss why people on the radio should watch their words.

And the physicist Stephen Hawking was renowned all over the world as a physicist, but to Feedback listeners he was also an exceptional broadcaster, appearing on everything from Desert Island Discs and The Reith Lectures to the current series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Fans of his warmth, clarity and humour tell their stories of hearing him on the radio.

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Was the BBC slow to report allegations of sexual abuse in Telford?

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16/06/20172017061820170616 (R4)Roger Bolton explores whether recent major incident coverage has been too graphic and intrusive and why the BBC is making signing in to iPlayer Radio compulsory, and also goes behind the scenes at Dame Hilary Mantel's Reith lectures.

In the light of major terror attacks in London and Manchester, followed by the tragic fire in West London, listeners give their reactions to the BBC's coverage. Did the reporting veer too often towards sensationalism or was it upsetting but essential? Roger chairs a listener discussion on when it's appropriate for BBC Radio to seek out and broadcast first hand accounts of those caught up in traumatic events.

The BBC has been phasing in compulsory sign in for iPlayer Radio - and many listeners are very unhappy, claiming it's inconvenient and unnecessary. Roger takes their concerns to myBBC launch director Andrew Scott.

And the Reith Lectures are one of BBC Radio's great institutions. They've been running since 1948 and have changed little since. Roger heads to Stratford upon Avon to go behind the scenes at a recording for this year's lectures and talks to Dame Hilary Mantel and Sue Lawley about the the format's lasting appeal.

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Major incident coverage, signing in to iPlayer Radio and the Reith Lectures.

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16/09/20162016091820160916 (R4)Roger Bolton asks if BBC coverage been biased against Jeremy Corbyn.

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17/06/20162016061920160617 (R4)Did initial coverage of the Orlando shooting diminish LGBT views?

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17/11/20172017111920171117 (R4)Roger Bolton speaks to Jon Manel about his series The Adoption and to Sioned Wiliam, Commissioning Editor for Comedy on Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra.

This week, the 17-part series that followed two young children through the UK adoption process drew to a close. Listeners wrote in to tell us of their interest and commitment to the series - with some expressing concern about the intrusive nature of the programme, particularly with regard to safeguarding measures for the two children. Others said they didn't think it should be part of flagship news and current affairs programme The World at One. Reporter and producer Jon Manel responds to these comments and explains how the series was made.

Also, we hear views on The Food Programme's report on Catalonia's cultural identity.

And we put your questions and comments about Radio 4 comedy to the Commissioning Editor Sioned Wiliam, in the first instalment of a two-part interview.

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Roger Bolton speaks to Jon Manel about his series The Adoption.

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18/08/20172017082020170818 (R4)In the last programme of the current series, Roger Bolton digs in to controversy about climate change, hears listener response to the BBC's Gay Britannia season and discusses Jim Al-Khalili's broadcasting career.

Well known climate sceptic and former Chancellor Lord Nigel Lawson was invited onto Radio 4's Today programme to discuss the economics of climate change recently, following up an earlier interview with climate campaigner Al Gore. But Lord Lawson also took the opportunity to question some of the established science of climate change. The controversy quickly filled up the Feedback inbox - many were deeply angry that a non-scientist had been brought on to discuss the topic and complained that Today's Justin Webb had not done enough to challenge his position. Professor Steve Jones, who wrote an independent report on impartiality and accuracy in science broadcasting for the BBC in 2011, joins Roger to discuss the interview.

To commemorate 50 years since the passing of the Sexual Offences act, the BBC has been running an extensive season of programmes under the umbrella Gay Britannia. Listeners respond to the series. Was it diverse enough in its portrayal of LGBT people? Was there too much of it altogether? And some people take issue with the BBC's use of the word "queer".

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Should Nigel Lawson have been invited onto the Today programme?

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19/04/20202020041720200419 (R4)The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience.

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Does the BBC’s coronavirus podcast put too much emphasis on politics and not enough on medical science? That's one of the comments from listeners discussed by Roger Bolton with Dino Sofos, the editor of the Coronavirus Newscast.

Roger also asks a transgender priest why she chose the issue of her identity as a subject for her Lent Talk on Radio 4, and why she was inspired by Jesus Christ’s journey of self-discovery.

And a mother and daughter turn their attentions to the heavens and listen to a documentary about the Hubble telescope. Are they well outside their comfort zones?

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1xtra Music Row, The Proms Launch, The Infinite Monkey Cage At 1002018071520180713 (R4)Roger Bolton talks to Brian Cox as The Infinite Monkey Cage reaches its century, discusses the Proms with director David Pickard and airs controversy over the music played on 1Xtra.

The documentary Spitting Blades aired on BBC Radio 4, but the complaints in the Feedback inbox were about BBC Radio 1Xtra. During the programme, presenter Simeon Moore, also known as the rapper Zimbo, considered whether some rap music could be helping to glamorise gang violence and raised questions about music played on the BBC's urban station, Radio 1 Xtra. Some Feedback listeners were frustrated by BBC executives from the station declining to appear in the documentary.

The Proms started this week with a digital extravaganza projected onto the Royal Albert Hall. Proms director David Pickard discusses gender targets, reaching a younger audience and why he's already booked some performers for 2022.

The BBC has released its annual report, revealing many key indicators of its performance as well as the headline-making salary figures of its top stars. Listeners react, and the former BBC Trustee and Radio 4 Controller Mark Damazer chews over the implications of the document.

Irreverent science panel show The Infinite Monkey Cage has now reached a hundred episodes - an impressive feat for a show that saw plenty of complaints to Feedback when it first aired. Presenter and physicist Professor Brian Cox and producer Alexandra Feachem hear what listeners make of the show now.

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Executive Producer: Katherine Godfrey

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Roger Bolton on The Infinite Monkey Cage at 100 and controversy over the music on 1Xtra.

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20/01/20172017012220170120 (R4)Roger Bolton follows up the issues that are concerning listeners and asks if the BBC Reality Check team can combat the spread of 'fake news'.

With audiences across the world getting caught out by viral stories, and dodgy statistics and shocking facts beginning to have a direct impact on politics, the BBC is responding with concrete efforts to tackle the growing phenomena of 'fake news'. The corporation has established a permanent statistic verification team called Reality Check. From the central newsroom of the BBC, News Editor James Stephenson details the inner workings of this group and what he hopes they will achieve, and discusses how much attention the BBC should give to stories based on 'fake news'.

Ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the USA, Michael Gove was invited onto Radio 4's Today Programme to discuss his exclusive interview with the President Elect. But some listeners were left scratching their heads over the heavyweight 8:10am slot being given to a backbencher - and the lengthy time he was allocated.

Listeners have also been expressing their dismay at the news that Radio 2 are axing live overnight presenters Alex Lester and Janice Long from the After Midnight show - to be replaced with repeats and pre-recorded playlists. Roger Bolton asks Lewis Carnie, the relatively new head of BBC Radio 2, to justify the cutbacks.

And can music be the flame to ignite radio drama? Listeners give their poignant and personal reflections to recent Radio 4 drama On Kosovo Field, which was inspired by and written from previously unreleased music by P J Harvey. Writer Fin Kennedy explains how he translated emotive lyrics into dramatic narratives.

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Can the new BBC Reality Check team combat the spread of fake news?

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20/04/20182018042220180420 (R4)Roger Bolton hosts a Brexit special and also asks if the BBC was right to air the Rivers of Blood speech in full.

A panel of high-ranking BBC journalists and executives chew over listener complaints about the corporation's coverage of Brexit. Before the referendum, Feedback was inundated with complaints from listeners who felt that the BBC was overly biased in favour of Remain. But, in the months that have followed, that has shifted and the programme now receives more complaints from Remainers who see the BBC as the Brexit Broadcasting Corporation - in part thanks to a concerted online campaign.

Ric Bailey the BBC's Chief Political Adviser, Gavin Allen the controller of the BBC's daily news programming, and Today presenter Nick Robinson respond to listener complaints from all sides.

And, with some listeners saying that BBC comedy is too prone to bashing Brexit, is it possible to write a perfectly balanced comedy sketch? Cabin Pressure creator John Finnemore takes up the challenge.

A recent edition of Archive on 4 dealing with Enoch Powell's 1968 Rivers of Blood speech quickly became the most talked about radio programme of the year. The documentary featured actor Ian McDiarmid recreating the speech in full interspersed with analysis from contributors. But news of the broadcast of the speech in full caused many to question the BBC's judgement and motives. Mohit Bakaya, the Radio 4 commissioner for the programme, explains the reasoning.

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A Brexit special. Also - was the BBC right to air the Rivers of Blood speech in full?

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20/10/20172017102220171020 (R4)Roger Bolton airs listener criticism of a Today programme interview with the director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders on sexual harassment.

A record number of sex offenders have been brought to justice in England and Wales and convictions for both rape and other sexual offences have risen sharply. But despite topping the news agenda, some listeners were not happy with John Humphrys' tone and line of questioning.

Also, Radio 4's Commissioning Editor of Drama and Fiction Jeremy Howe discusses his decision to run The Omen as last week's Book at Bedtime.

Following regulatory changes, Roger talks to Sophie Chalk from Voice of the Listener and Viewer, a public service lobby group, about who now holds accountability for the BBC - its Board or Ofcom.

And how did a particular programme or report change your life? Listener Ed Green tells us why Glyn Worsnip's A Lone Voice affected him.

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Roger Bolton airs listener criticism of a Today programme interview on sexual harassment.

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21/07/20172017072320170721 (R4)As parliament starts the summer recess, the BBC's assistant political editor Norman Smith looks back at a tumultuous few months in Westminster, talking with Roger Bolton about the challenges of working under intense scrutiny and accusations of bias from MPs and on social media.

This week, the BBC released its annual report, including the names and wage brackets of 96 of its on-air talent who are all paid over 150 thousand pounds a year. Licence fee payers give us their thoughts on presenter pay.

In last week's programme, we discussed listener complaints about an exceptionally graphic story in Bridget Kendall's Cold War: Stories from the Big Freeze. To make sense of the discussion, Feedback chose to re-broadcast the clip. Were we right to do so? Listeners share their differing views on the issue.

Finally, Roger continues his series of Open Mic interviews with prominent BBC presenters. This week, he's joined by Clive Anderson of Loose Ends and Unreliable Evidence. Has Clive's notoriously sharp-edged humour mellowed over time?

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The BBC's Norman Smith looks back at a tumultuous few months covering UK politics.

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21/10/20162016102320161021 (R4)Roger Bolton asks if Today has been guilty of sexism and goes behind the scenes at 5Live.

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22/03/20202020032020200322 (R4)In Feedback this week, the latest information on how the BBC is responding to the coronavirus crisis and making changes to its radio schedules.

Two listeners will venture well out of their comfort zones to listen to a very disturbing story on the World Service.

And is this the moment when slow radio comes into its own? The producer of Living National Treasures sings the praises of a sculptor’s chisel.

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22/12/20172017122420171222 (R4)Roger Bolton with a round up of listener views on the big BBC radio stories of the year.

Following our interview with Sarah Sands, the then-new Editor of the Today programme, we hear from one listener about how she is getting on.

How does Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music strike a balance between too much and too little Christmas music? Jeff Smith, the Editor of Music for both networks explains.

Listeners give their views on BBC radio's Brexit coverage and the direction of The Archers.

Also, we go behind-the-scenes of Farming Today as they record their Christmas feature at a Brussels sprout farm in the Cotswolds. Roger tries out the new sweeter variety in a frosty field.

And we speak to disabled and deaf actors as they prepare for their Christmas performance of The Midwich Cuckoos to be broadcast on Radio 4 on New Year's Eve.

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Roger Bolton speaks to listeners about their radio moments of 2017.

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23/02/20182018022520180223 (R4)Is it impossible to cover Brexit impartially? What goes into a hit detective radio drama? And why has Quentin Letts decided to quit listening to the Today programme?

Roger Bolton returns with a new series of Feedback and starts by hearing listeners weigh in on the ongoing row over equal pay at the BBC.

Chris Morris sits down with Roger to answer listener concerns over his programme Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed and explore how the passion of the Brexit debate affects impartiality.

Hugo Speer is an actor known for both TV and film but, for Radio 4 listeners, he is best known as the detective starring in the gritty drama series Stone. The latest ten-part series of the show has caused listeners to flood the Feedback inbox with praise. Hugo and Roger discuss what it takes to elevate a drama like Stone beyond the usual cop show cliches.

Finally, waspish columnist Quentin Letts recently appeared on Radio 4 to reveal why he had decided to stop listening to the Today programme and relax with Radio 3 instead. But what do listeners make of this battle of the breakfast shows?

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Roger Bolton with listeners' views on Brexit, BBC equal pay and hit detective drama Stone.

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23/03/20182018032520180323 (R4)Roger Bolton with listener views on BBC radio. This week, the BBC World Service has made an unprecedented complaint to the UN, a drama divides the audience for its treatment of immigration and Brexit, the BBC puts a brake on plans to abandon FM transmitters and Fi Glover's emotional documentary.

According to a complaint the BBC has registered with the UN, Iran has been harassing the families of BBC Persia journalists. The Director of the BBC World Service Group, Jamie Angus, sits down with Roger to discuss the grounds for complaint, what the BBC hopes the UN will do and the broader questions of impartiality and soft power facing the World Service.

In The Expressing Room, Fi Glover heard the stories of mothers as they expressed milk for their premature or sick babies in the neonatal unit of St. Thomas' Evelina hospital. Many listeners contacting the Feedback inbox were overcome by these women's powerful stories. Fi and Roger discuss the challenges of making such a sensitive documentary.

The BBC's Director of Radio Bob Shennan has given a speech addressing the future of radio in the internet age. He dropped in a key detail - the BBC is no longer in a hurry to turn off FM transmitters and switch to DAB. We hear from listeners who welcome the decision, and radio futurologist James Cridland helps Roger pick over the speech in more detail.

And, an episode of The Ferryhill Philiosophers addressed questions of refugees and immigration. While some loved it, others thought it was patronising and anti-Brexit. Roger hears a selection of audience views.

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Executive Producer: Katherine Godfrey
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Roger Bolton asks why the BBC World Service has made an unprecedented complaint to the UN.

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23/06/20172017062520170623 (R4)Ed Miliband has spent the week in an unfamiliar position; sitting in for Jeremy Vine on Radio 2. Iain Duncan Smith, the former conservative leader, has his turn next week. So far, most listeners are loving the experiment. Roger Bolton sits down with programme editor Phil Jones to get his take on how his new presenter has performed, and to ask why Radio 2 felt using politicians instead of more experienced broadcasters was worth the risk.

Last week, Andrew Scott came on to explain why the BBC felt it necessary to make signing in to the iPlayer website compulsory. But many listeners remain unconvinced.

Sue Lawley has presented the Reith lectures for 16 years. She speaks to Roger about what makes a great Reith lecture, why she willingly left a dream job fronting Desert Island Discs and reveals the Reith lecturer who ran out of material with 10 minutes left to fill.

Also, listeners weigh in on whether the BBC should be more careful with its use of language when reporting major incidents; and is Radio 4's Only Artists up to the challenge of replacing the much missed Midweek.

Ed Miliband sits in for Jeremy Vine on Radio 2, but has he been a hit with listeners?

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23/09/20162016092520160923 (R4)Roger Bolton hears views on the Waterside Ape and discusses Radio 1's phone-first strategy

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24/04/20202020041920200424 (R4)The programme that holds the BBC to account on behalf of the radio audience

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How well is BBC News rising to the challenge of reporting the coronavirus pandemic, and what should its role be? Should it support the Government at this time of national crisis or continue with tough forensic questioning and reporting?

Roger Bolton puts listeners’ comments and questions about the coronavirus coverage to Gavin Allen, the head of BBC News output.

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24/06/20162016062620160624 (R4)Listeners air their views of the BBC's EU referendum coverage.

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24/11/20172017112620171124 (R4)Roger Bolton with listener views on BBC radio programmes.

Following a series of misogynistic and anti-semitic tweets, Josh Rivers was sacked from his position as editor of Gay Times and PM ran a 20 minute interview with the former editor. It was much to the consternation of some Feedback listeners who took issue with the amount of airtime Rivers was allowed and the way in which the interview was conducted by presenter Eddie Mair. PM Editor Roger Sawyer discusses his editorial decision and explains why he thinks it was in the public interest to hear Josh Rivers' views.

The second part of an interview with Sioned Wiliam, BBC Radio 4's Commissioning Editor for Comedy, focuses on whether there are enough women in comedy programmes and how she finds new talent. Lazy Susan, one of Sioned's recent discoveries, explain how they got the gig and tell us about the format for their new duo show - part spoof, part homage to popular US podcasts.

And we meet a couple for whom radio became their lifeline. When Rob and Eeva John were taken hostage in northern Ethiopia in 1984, their only contact with the outside world was through a hidden shortwave radio. Nicola Kelly spoke to them about their ordeal and the role radio had to play in their release.

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The Editor of PM discusses the programme's interview with the former editor of Gay Times.

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27/01/20172017012920170127 (R4)Roger Bolton hears from listeners who claim the BBC may be out of step with popular opinion, and staffed by people from privileged middle-class backgrounds. Following Radio 4's recent series The New World, Commissioning Editor Mohit Bakaya and one of the presenters, Jo Fidgen meet some of those listeners to discuss their thoughts about the series and its ideological starting points.

GF Newman's The Corrupted has just finished its third series of ten episodes, broadcast across two weeks. It's a gritty saga of crime and corruption among police and the corridors of power through the decades - most recently, the 1970s. It was loved by many, including Feedback listener David Dent - although he had some questions about the combination of real-life and fictional characters. He and Roger discuss walking the dramatic line with producer Clive Brill.

Radio 2's live night-time programme After Midnight ends this weekend much to the disappointment of many listeners. Will that be to Radio 5Live's gain? Reporter Rob Crossan meets Dotun Adebayo and Rhod Sharp, the presenters of 5 Live's overnight show, Up All Night.

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Listener views on Radio 4's so-called liberal elite and mixing fiction with fact in drama.

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27/10/20172017102920171027 (R4)Roger Bolton with listener views on BBC radio.

The World at One has courted controversy by dedicating a whole show to the topic of abortion, marking 50 years since the passage of the 1967 Abortion Act. Some listeners found the coverage upsetting, while others were annoyed that one subject had been allowed to take over what they see as, first and foremost, a news programme. But some listeners say they found the focus both timely and touching. Roger hears views from all sides.

Neil MacGregor has a new 30-part series, Living with the Gods, following in the footsteps of his enormously popular previous programmes examining historical objects. But does the BBC spend too much time on religion? And is radio the right medium for a programme about objects you can't see? Neil addresses these questions and talks about his aims for the series.

Last week, Radio 4 Commissioning Editor for Drama Jeremy Howe appeared on Feedback answering concerns over his decision to air unsettling horror The Omen as the Book at Bedtime. This week, listeners give their verdict on both The Omen and the book which came next, Philip Pullman's La Belle Sauvage.

Finally, Feedback has been inviting listeners to share stories of how radio has changed their lives. This week, listener Lou Moore describes how a chance radio encounter with Desert Island Discs became a turning point in her life and career.

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Should the World at One have dedicated a whole show to one subject?

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28/07/20172017073020170728 (R4)Roger Bolton looks at the BBC's coverage of Donald Trump, the Dead Ringers team reveal what spurred them on in their latest popular series, and listeners react to the news that Saturday Review has been granted a late reprieve.

At a press conference shortly after his inauguration, Donald Trump referred to the BBC's Jon Sopel as "Another beauty". On this week's Feedback, the beauty himself joins Roger to consider listener response to his coverage, how the BBC tries to remain impartial in the face of an unusual presidency and whether the BBC is giving either too much or too little credence to the ongoing allegations of collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia.

Many listeners have contacted Feedback to say how much they've enjoyed the latest series of Dead Ringers. So how do they do it? Jan Ravens, Jon Culshaw and Lewis Macleod discuss why breakneck news can make for blistering satire.

In April, Radio 4 announced the cancellation of long running arts staple Saturday Review. Feedback listeners were furious - and made their views clear in no uncertain terms. This week, Radio 4 controller Gwyneth Williams announced an abrupt - but possibly temporary - reversal of the decision. Saturday Review enthusiasts respond to the news.

Patricia Greene has been on The Archers since the 1950s, playing the much loved Jill Archer. So when the now 86 year old actress was played a clip of herself as Jill from 1959 during an interview on Woman's Hour she barely recognised her own voice. Listeners react to a special radio moment.

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Roger Bolton talks to Jon Sopel about the BBC's US coverage in the age of President Trump.

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28/10/20162016103020161028 (R4)Roger Bolton looks into the demise of James McLevy and the return of Michael Gove.

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29/03/20202020032720200329 (R4)Feedback devotes the whole programme to putting listeners’ questions and concerns to the BBC’s Director of Radio and Education James Purnell.

He tells Roger Bolton how the Corporation is coping in the present crisis and what changes we can expect in the near future. And they go on to discuss the future strategic challenges facing the Corporation as its own financial problems increase and with the future of the licence fee itself under examination.

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30/03/20182018040120180330 (R4)Roger Bolton hears from listeners concerned by coverage of anti-Brexit marches, Garry Richardson defends a controversial interview with Kim Hughes and Lynn Bowles says farewell.

The weekend saw the March For Our Lives in Washington DC and a series of anti-Brexit marches across the UK, but BBC news executives only covered the first of these. Pro-EU listeners were incensed. UK News Editor Richard Burgess joins Roger Bolton to defend the BBC's decision and discuss what makes a demonstration newsworthy.

Radio 2 listeners were practically inconsolable when beloved traffic reporter Lynn Bowles announced her departure from the network, with her final broadcast coming on Thursday. Lynn sits down with Roger to explain why she's leaving, look back on a career sat next to Terry Wogan, Ken Bruce and Chris Evans, and discuss her plans for the future.

A ball tampering scandal has rocked the world of cricket, but Sportsweek presenter Garry Richardson made his own waves when he clashed with former Australian captain Kim Hughes while discussing the story on BBC Radio 5Live. After the presenter tried to hurry the interview to a close, Kim Hughes took offence and promptly hung up the phone. Garry Richardson then implied to a later guest that Hughes had been "boorish" - but, for some listeners, Garry was the one at fault for a regrettable incident. He talks to Roger about what happened.

And the BBC released its annual plan this week, laying out schemes to combat fake news and appeal to younger audiences. Next week on Feedback, BBC Director of Radio and Music Bob Shennan joins the programme to chew over the BBC's long term plan for radio. Roger appeals to listeners for their questions.

Producer: Will Yates
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Listeners concerned about coverage of anti-Brexit marches. And Lynn Bowles says farewell.

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30/06/20172017070220170630 (R4)As Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen has one of the BBC's most difficult, and often dangerous, jobs. He sits down with Feedback's Roger Bolton to reflect on his career and his Radio 4 series, Our Man in the Middle East.

Last week, Ed Miliband impressed listeners with an assured week sitting in for Jeremy Vine. This week it's been the turn of former conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith. Feedback listeners pass judgment on how he measures up to his predecessor in the Radio 2 hotseat.

Over the last month, Feedback has been inundated with comments taking issue with how the BBC has covered recent major incidents and terror attacks. The BBC's Director of Editorial Policy and Standards, David Jordan, responds to listeners' questions and explains the BBC's guidelines for dealing with tragic and complex events.

Finally, listeners share their thoughts on Radio 4's Dangerous Visions, a season of dark, disturbing and dystopic drama and readings.

Producer: Will Yates
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Jeremy Bowen reflects on his career as the BBC's 'Man in the Middle East'.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

30/09/20162016100220160930 (R4)Roger Bolton discusses neutrality in war reporting and finds out about making Tracks.

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Balancing Brexit, Libby Purves, A Youthful Moral Maze2017040920170407 (R4)Now Article 50 has been triggered, Roger Bolton speaks to BBC News Editor James Stephenson about whether the BBC can move on from broadly balancing remain and leave sentiment in its discussion of the Brexit process.

With Radio 4's Midweek programme at an end after 35 years, presenter Libby Purves is Roger Bolton's latest guest for our Open Mic interviews about the careers of some of your favourite radio broadcasters.

Also, can young panellists teach old hands some new tricks on Moral Maze? Listeners praise The thoughtful sixth formers who took over from the regular panel in the latest edition are praised by the audience for listening closely and politely challenging witnesses - and each other.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Katherine Godfrey
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

What are the BBC's duties in covering Brexit now Article 50 has been triggered?

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Bbc Sounds, Reith Lectures, 'gove In Government'2018070120180629 (R4)Roger Bolton with first reactions to the new BBC Sounds app. Also, Reith lecturer Margaret MacMillan reflects on her task and Mary Ann Sieghart discusses her documentary Gove in Government.

Michael Gove is not just a favourite target for satirists, he has also long been one of the most controversial ministers in government. A new documentary, presented by his former Times colleague Mary Ann Sieghart, examined him not in terms of what his policies have accomplished, but by considering his exceptional record of getting those policies enacted in the first place. But many Feedback listeners have taken issue with this approach. Mary Ann discusses the programme and responds to the comments.

BBC iPlayer Radio is popular with listeners - but it's not long for this world. This week, the BBC launched its long term, if currently unfinished, replacement - BBC Sounds. Dan Taylor-Watt, the head of iPlayer and BBC Sounds, answers listener questions about the new app and explains where it fits into the BBC's push for younger listeners.

And this year's Reith lecturer is the Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan, who is focusing her talks on the topic of war and society. With the first in the series already a hit with Feedback listeners. Professor MacMillan joins Roger to share what it's like to take on the prestigious role of Reith lecturer.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Will Yates
Executive Producer: Katherine Godfrey

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Roger Bolton with reactions to the BBC Sounds app and the reflections of a Reith lecturer.

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Bbc White Paper: Your Views2016051520160513 (R4)Listener reaction to the White Paper on the BBC, and jokes about the Queen.

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Behind The Scenes At The World At One2018102620181028 (R4)Roger Bolton goes behind the scenes at The World at One and hears listener reaction to Simon Mayo’s upcoming departure from BBC Radio 2.

After only a few months on air, the BBC Radio 2 Drivetime show presented by Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley is set to end, following Simon Mayo's decision to leave the station altogether. Listeners give their views and radio critic Gillian Reynolds reflects on this latest high profile presenter departure.

Earlier this year, Sarah Montague swapped jobs with fellow BBC Radio 4 presenter Martha Kearney - Sarah became the host of The World at One, while Martha joined the early risers at Today. Roger visits the programme to discuss the move with Sarah and gets an insight into the decision-making that goes into the programme on a daily basis.

Last week’s Sunday Worship, Postcards from the Land of Grief, was a reflective and personal journey from loss to hope, presented by the Reverend Richard Littledale. Listeners who were struck by its words and music talk about the programme.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Will Yates
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

Roger Bolton goes behind the scenes at The World at One.

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Brexit, Bbc Sounds And 'university Unchallenged'2018111620181118 (R4)Roger Bolton talks to Katya Adler about covering Brexit, and hears listener views on BBC Sounds, University Unchallenged and the conclusion of Home Front.

It’s been a busy news week for those keeping track of Brexit, with the news moving almost too fast to follow. But what's it like for the reporters tasked with explaining it? Roger Bolton speaks to the BBC’s Europe editor, Katya Adler about the past week at the coalface.

The BBC Radio 4 documentary University Unchallenged asked if universities have enough breadth of political opinion, considering whether the intellectual climate in academia is being constrained by a lack of "viewpoint diversity". But listeners were split on whether the programme took the right approach. Producer Martin Rosenbaum answers their comments.

Since its recent launch, the BBC Sounds website and app have been a regular subject of discussion in the Feedback inbox. After more mixed comments from the audience, Executive Product Manager of BBC Sounds, Chris Kimber, speaks to Roger and answers listener comments queries.

Finally, listeners reflect on the conclusion of Radio 4 series Home Front, a drama that charted everyday life in Britain during World War One.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Alice Bloch
Executive Producer: Deborah Dudgeon

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Roger Bolton with listener comment on Brexit, BBC Sounds and University Unchallenged.

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Checking Reality Check2018113020181202 (R4)This week Roger Bolton explores the role of the BBC’s Reality Check correspondent following a series of heated Brexit debates on Today and PM. He turns to a professor of journalism, Justin Lewis, for some impartial guidance on this most incendiary of subjects.
In part two of Roger’s interview with James Purnell, he asks the BBC’s Director of Radio and Education to respond to criticism from older listeners who feel shunned by the Corporation.
BBC Radio Sheffield is on the hunt for new local talent, and they’re going about it in a rather unusual way. The station’s editor, Katrina Bunker, reveals that a new voice will be recruited via X-Factor style auditions in an effort to reach out to local communities.
And whodunit? Roger tracks the mystery of the missing episode of a BBC drama, and we hear the bizarre explanation for its absence from the BBC Complaints Unit.

Checking Reality Check, is the BBC chasing younger listeners and a whodunnit investigated.

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Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Cliff Richard Vs The Bbc, Brexit Coverage, Accents In Politics2018072220180720 (R4)Roger Bolton hears listener views on the Sir Cliff Richard verdict and finds out about the new wave of World Service podcasts. BBC News executive James Stephenson discusses the corporation's Brexit coverage and Chris Mason talks about accents in politics.

This week, a legal ruling awarded Sir Cliff Richard £210,000 in damages against the BBC with the judge saying some of the news coverage of a police raid on Sir Cliff's home infringed his privacy rights in a "serious" and "somewhat sensationalist" way. Citing concerns with the precedent set down in the case, the BBC has stated that it is considering an appeal. We hear listeners' views.

Brexit has been a constant feature in the Feedback inbox and, this week, listeners have been asking why the BBC hasn't put more resources into investigating what they see as Brexit "scandals". Roger puts those concerns to the BBC's News Editor, James Stephenson.

Death in Ice Valley, an investigative podcast that looked into the death of an unidentified woman in Norway in 1970, has been downloaded and streamed more than 2.7 million times. It's the BBC's most successful new podcast launch. BBC World Service Podcast Editor Jon Manel, who commissioned the series, joins Feedback to discuss how his network is looking to reach new audiences.

And a recent Radio 4 documentary looked at accents and politics, asking Could the PM Have a Brummie Accent? It caught the imagination of many Feedback listeners. Chris Mason, BBC Political correspondent and Yorkshireman, talks about why he took on the topic.

Producer: Will Yates
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Listener views on the Sir Cliff Richard verdict, Brexit coverage and accents in politics.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Covering Corbyn, My Dream Dinner Party, News For Millennials2018062420180622 (R4)Roger Bolton hears listener views and asks if the BBC is biased against Jeremy Corbyn. The Labour leader is the subject of a new series on Radio 4, The Long March of Corbyn's Labour. Political journalist Steve Richards, who presented the first episode, discusses how to report on a polarising figure fairly.

The BBC's Head of News, Fran Unsworth, has stressed the need for the BBC to attract - and keep - a younger audience for its news programmes. Radio 1 and 1Xtra's Newsbeat is at the forefront of that effort to get young people to develop a BBC habit early in life. Roger goes behind the scenes with editor Debbie Ramsey and the team to find out how they're attempting to do that.

And a recent Radio 4 programme has won praise from listeners for its creative approach to the round table discussion. In My Dream Dinner Party, presenters Omid Djalili, Howard Jacobson and Sally Phillips have all hosted a meal with guests brought back to life by the creative use of the radio archive. The series producers Sarah Peters and Peregrine Andrews explain how they set about making the programmes.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Will Yates
Executive Producer: Katherine Godfrey
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Reporting Jeremy Corbyn, behind the scenes at Newsbeat and My Dream Dinner Party.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Desert Island Discussion, Radio 2 Country2016032020160318 (R4)Politics on Desert Island Discs, country music on Radio 2 and views on Out of the Ordinary

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Dramatising Real-life Disasters2017030520170303 (R4)Roger Bolton hears listener concerns about satirising Donald Trump in a news programme, and considers how far writers can go when dramatising real disasters.

Every Friday on the World at One, reporter Jonny Dymond has been documenting the movements of Trump's first 100 days in office with a wry twist. While some listeners have enjoyed the touch of humour, others have said it's out of place in what they say should be an objective news programme. Roger chairs a discussion between two listeners with opposing opinions.

On 6th March 1987, the Herald of Free Enterprise ferry left its dock on a journey from Belgium to Dover. The ferry capsized within the first half hour of the journey, leading to the loss of 193 lives. Thirty years on, Radio 4 has aired a dramatic re-telling of the story in Herald of Disaster. For many, it was intensely gripping and emotionally captivating. Writer Stephen Phelps explains why he felt the event deserved new exploration, and he discusses his technique of weaving fictional characters around factual accounts.

Also, the BBC World Service says it's undergoing its biggest expansion since the 1940s. Jamie Angus, the former Editor of Today and now Deputy Director of the BBC World Service Group, answers listeners' questions on how the network will ensure its reputation as a reliable broadcaster in the era of fake news and about the expansion of language services into new territories.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Katherine Godfrey

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Is there room for satire in the news? And how to dramatise real life tragedy respectfully.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Drivetime Radio 2, Grenfell Inquiry Podcast, Brexit Vote2018061720180615 (R4)Roger Bolton returns with a new series, answering your comments, complaints and queries about BBC radio.

BBC Radio 2 is the most popular radio station in the UK with around 15.6 million listeners a week and the Simon Mayo Drivetime show was one of its success stories with a weekly audience of nearly 6 million. But last month the programme was relaunched, with Jo Whiley joining Simon as co-presenter. Many listeners were outraged at the decision and have been bombarding social media and the Feedback inbox with complaints ever since. Lewis Carnie, the Head of Radio 2, explains why he decided to change a successful programme.

Roger also speaks to BBC Head of Current Affairs, Joanna Carr, about The Grenfell Tower Inquiry podcast, fronted by Eddie Mair, which day-by-day follows the inquiry into the deaths of 72 people in the West London tower block fire.

The BBC's Assistant Political Editor, Norman Smith, gives the inside track on reporting on a tumultuous week in UK politics, and we find out why Radio 3's Evensong came to an abrupt halt half way through a live performance.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Will Yates
Assistant Producer: Karen Pirie
Executive Producer: Katherine Godfrey

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

The Head of Radio 2 on why he changed the Simon Mayo Drivetime show.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Eu Coverage, Diversity2016022820160226 (R4)EU referendum impartiality, diversity in BBC Radio and how to liven up dull sport.

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Explaining Brexit2019030120190303 (R4)Roger Bolton talks to the Editorial Director for BBC News, Kamal Ahmed, about his approach to Brexit coverage, producers Jonquil Panting and Beth Eastwood reflect on the making of Test Case about Debby Purdy, and there's the second part of an interview with Radio 4's Commissioning Editor for the Arts, James Runcie.

How is the BBC responding to listener's thoughts on the way Brexit is covered in the news? The new Editorial Director for BBC News, Kamal Ahmed, explains how he wants to put the public at the heart of setting the agenda in Brexit: Our Stories.

The landmark case of Debbie Purdy had a profound influence on discussions around assisted dying within the UK. Jonquil Panting and Beth Eastwood discuss how they combined drama and discussion to tell her story in Test Case: Debbie Purdy.

Last week we heard from BBC Radio 4's part-time Commissioning Editor for the Arts, James Runcie. In this week's second part of the interview, James gives his thoughts on arts coverage aimed at attracting younger audiences.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Robert Nicholson
Executive Producer: Deborah Dudgeon
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

Roger Bolton on putting the 'new' in Brexit news, and fusing drama and documentary.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Fear Of Flying, Evan Davis2016030620160304 (R4)A new look for Radio 4 comedy and ten years of The Bottom Line.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Foreign News In Extraordinary Times2018081220180810 (R4)Three of the BBC's leading foreign correspondents discuss reporting foreign news in extraordinary times - with Roger Bolton.

Jon Sopel is the BBC's North America Editor, Lyse Doucet is Chief International Correspondent and Steve Rosenberg is the Moscow correspondent. They answer listeners' questions and talk about the unique challenges of their roles - from reporting amid the Syrian Civil War to being called an "enemy of the people" by the President of the United States.

Producer: Will Yates
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Jon Sopel, Lyse Doucet and Steve Rosenberg discuss the BBC's foreign news coverage.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Gwyneth Williams Answers Your Questions2019041220190414 (R4)As Feedback turns 40 this month, Roger Bolton quizzes outgoing Radio 4's Controller Gwyneth Williams about the twists and turns of her tenure before she passes her baton on to the new boss.

While BBC Sounds has come under criticism from some users, there has been high praise for one of its original podcasts. NB is a series about being non-binary - people who don't identify with traditional gender labels - and has struck a chord with many of its listeners. We hear their views on the series.

With Brexit dominating the news agenda, a number of Feedback listeners say that the issue of climate change is being underplayed. Roger talks to David Shukman, the Science Editor for BBC News, and Deborah Cohen, the Science Editor for BBC Radio, about coverage of the issue - and its prominence.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Robert Nicholson
Executive Producer: Will Yates
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

Radio 4 Controller Gwyneth Williams answers questions and views from listeners.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Korea?2019030820190310 (R4)Roger Bolton talks to BBC's Seoul Correspondent Laura Bicker about the challenges of covering US-Korean relations, goes behind the scenes at the news podcast Beyond Today, and chats to writer and director John Dryden about the inspiration for the world of Tumanbay.

Since 2017, BBC Correspondent Laura Bicker has been based in Seoul, after two years in her Washington posting. She speaks to Roger about the challenges of covering relations from Seoul, and why she jumped at the opportunity to move away from the White House.

Beyond Today is the brainchild of former Today programme editor John Shields. This week, Roger met with John and one of the presenters, Matthew Price, to find out why they are changing their approach to news to reach out to a younger audience.

And the creator of BBC Radio 4 drama Tumanbay John Dryden discusses the inspiration behind the epic saga.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Robert Nicholson
Executive Producer: Will Yates
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

BBC Seoul Correspondent Laura Bicker and behind the scenes at Beyond Today.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Impartiality2016072420160722 (R4)Why is the BBC's impartiality under fire? And how does a dance prom work on the radio?

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Investigating Extremism On Radio 42019032920190331 (R4)Roger Bolton hears listener views on a documentary investigating the role of women on the far-right, and discusses the BBC's annual plan.

Radio 4 documentary In The Right caused controversy this week, stirring debate from listeners over whether figures considered to be on the far-right should be given airtime. The programme, presented by journalist Lara Whyte, investigated young women in hardline right wing social media. Roger speaks with the producer of the programme Max O'Brien, and Radio 4's Editor of Editorial Standards Roger Mahony, about the issue of giving airtime to fringe, contentious voices.

Google podcast app users were annoyed this week when they found they could no longer listen to new BBC shows on the app, or on Google devices like smart speakers and phones. Caroline Crampton from HotPod discusses the reasons behind the BBC's decision to pull it's content from the platform.

Listeners have long shared their concerns that Radio 4 is pushing hard for younger listeners at the expense of older audiences. Meanwhile, cuts continue to be imposed on programme budgets and staff numbers. They're both issues that have come to the forefront as the BBC publishes its annual plan, setting priorities and budgets for the year. Colin Browne, Chairman of the Voice of the Listener and Viewer, spoke to Roger about how these changes are generating concern among license fee payers across the country.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Robert Nicholson
Executive Producer: Will Yates
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

Roger Bolton on the controversial documentary In the Right and the BBC's annual plan.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Is A Point Of View The Place For Brexit? And Behind The Scenes Of Research And Development2018081920180817 (R4)Roger Bolton is joined by A Point of View editor Richard Vadon to discuss the programme's Brexit editions. Also, PM listeners bid a fond farewell to Eddie Mair and review his temporary replacement, and we go behind the scenes at BBC Research and Development to see how the department is reinventing radio for a younger audience.

Author Michael Morpurgo's recent episode of A Point of View divided listeners. He took a heavily critical stance of Brexit, titling the edition Think Again and making a passionate plea for the people of the UK to reconsider the decision to leave the EU. It came hot on the heels of John Gray's episode, Brexit and Illiberal Europe, in which the philosopher criticised the Remain camp. Both episodes angered many listeners. Roger puts their comments to the programme's editor Richard Vadon.

The BBC has recently promised to "reinvent radio" for a new generation, but what will the radio of the future look and sound like? Feedback reporter Rob Crossan takes us behind the scenes of the BBC's Research and Development unit, teenagers in tow, to see and hear their work.

As Eddie Mair makes his low-key exit from the PM hot seat, listeners reflect on Chris Mason's week at the helm.

And one Radio 4 listener tells us how she was taken aback while listening to A Life's Work and hearing the familiar voice of her late husband.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Will Yates

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Listeners react to A Point of View covering Brexit and say goodbye to Eddie Mair.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Is It Time To Re-think The Official Chart Show?2017031920170317 (R4)Radio 4's forum for audience comment.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Job Vacancy: Radio 4 Controller2019022220190224 (R4)Roger Bolton talks to former Radio 4 Controller Mark Damazer about the challenges and joys facing whoever takes the job next, James Runcie reflects on his role as commissioning editor for arts on Radio 4, and we hear your responses to a slate of new breakfast shows.

Zoe Ball and Lauren Laverne are the new voices of Radio 2 and Radio 6music's breakfast shows, and John Humphrys has announced his departure from the Today Programme. Listeners give their reactions to changing sounds of early morning BBC radio.

In January, Gwyneth Williams announced her departure from the BBC as Radio 4's controller. Now the job is up for grabs, former controller Mark Damazer speaks to Roger about the joys, hurdles and room for experimentation open to whoever takes on the role next.

What makes a good arts programme? In the first part of Roger's interview with Radio 4's Commissioning Editor for Arts James Runcie, he hears listener reactions to the programmes he's put on air since he took the job in 2016, and discusses his hopes for inclusion and diversity.

And the presenter and co-producer of Beyond Tara and George, Audrey Gillan, discusses the difficulties of being both a friend and journalist to the homeless couple at the heart of her series.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Robert Nicholson
Executive Producer: Will Yates
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

What it takes to be controller of Radio 4, and James Runcie on arts programming.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Junior Doctors' Strike, David Bowie's Death2016022120160219 (R4)Coverage of the junior doctors' strike and opinions on The Archers' Rob storyline.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Keeping It Impartial2017031220170310 (R4)This week a storm of controversy has surrounded Woman's Hour presenter Jenni Murray. Many listeners feel a newspaper article she wrote breached the BBC's guidelines on impartiality and compromised her presenter role. Others supported her right to free speech. We hear from listeners on both sides of the argument.

John Humphrys has also attracted criticism. During a Today programme interview he suggested that referring to MP Jo Cox's murder as an act of terrorism could "muddy the waters". Listeners say he "muddied the waters" himself and was inaccurate. They share their views on his remarks.

On Wednesday, Philip Hammond got to his feet to deliver his first Budget. TV and radio teams braved the rain and mud, crowding onto College Green to cover the story. We follow Emma Barnett and the 5 Live Daily team to find out the secrets of broadcasting the budget from a flimsy tent in the pouring rain.

And finally, Val McDermid has been pondering the horrifying prospects of a world where antibiotics no longer work. Her drama Resistance was inspired by a two-day Experimental Stories workshop hosted by the Wellcome Trust and Radio 4, where radio producers and writers met scientific researchers to develop dramas. Starring Gina McKee, listeners loved the dram's dystopian vision. Val McDermid talks about why she chose a music festival as the setting for her unnerving story.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Katherine Godfrey
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Should Jenni Murray be free to air her views outside the BBC? Listeners debate.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Listeners' Verdicts On Bbc Sounds2018110920181111 (R4)Roger Bolton with audience comment on BBC radio.

The new BBC Sounds app launched last week. Designed to eventually replace iPlayer Radio, its primary aim is to get young people listening to BBC content. So what do listeners make of it? Roger hears their views and talks to media consultant and podcast expert Matt Deegan.

Living with the Empire, a recent BBC Radio 4 series, examined the legacy of the British Empire, looking for its traces in the UKs monuments, people and contested memories. It was presented by historian and MP Kwasi Kwarteng, who responds to listener reaction and reflects on the making and timing of the three part series.

A century after the end of World War One, the Radio 4 drama series Tommies is coming to a close. It's been on air for the length of the war centenary, with each episode tracing one real day at war, exactly 100 years later. Feedback goes behind the scenes as the team records the episode for Armistice Day.

Producer: Will Yates
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

Roger Bolton with listener comment on BBC Sounds, Living with the Empire and Tommies.

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Melvyn Bragg, Feisty Moral Maze, Brexit Agriculture2017021220170210 (R4)Roger Bolton hears the comments and concerns of listeners on the past week's radio broadcasting and raises their issues with those involved in making the programmes.

As In Our Time prepares to celebrate its 750th episode, Roger Bolton talks to the programme's presenter Melvyn Bragg, who reveals how he ramps up the pressure to achieve the best live programme and talks about the programmes that have transformed his thinking.

Long-standing BBC Correspondent Hugh Sykes considers the importance of accurate language, responding to listeners' critiques of one of his recent reports regarding President Trump's executive order banning immigration for people from seven, predominantly Muslim, countries.

Charlotte Smith speaks to Feedback about her Radio 4 series Against the Grain, which considered the implications for British agriculture of leaving the European Union. The series has been praised by both listeners and farmers. But some ask if it would have been better to broadcast such a series before the EU Referendum?

Also, listeners respond to heated outbursts about President Trump in an edition of The Moral Maze about the Morality of International Trade.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Katherine Godfrey
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Melvyn Bragg on 750 episodes of In Our Time and Hugh Sykes discusses scrutinised language.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Michael Howard And Ed Miliband, Evan Davis's 'sweet Reason', 'where's The F In News'2018072920180727 (R4)Roger Bolton shares listener reaction with Michael Howard and Ed Miliband, Evan Davis discusses Sweet Reason and there's audience comment on Where's the F in News?

Are debates on the radio too angry? Has everyone stopped listening and just become determined to get their own view across? Evan Davis's new programme Sweet Reason is designed to be an alternative to adversarialism. But, when it made its debut, it still had some Feedback listeners shouting at the radio. Evan joins Roger to talk about making a reasonable programme in a divided age and answers listeners' comments on the way he handled the topic of Patriarchy in the first episode.

Where's the F in News? is Radio 4's first all-female comedy panel show. When started its first full series on Friday, it split the Feedback inbox between enthusiastic fans and those who felt it just wasn't funny. We hear the listeners' verdict.

And Lord Michael Howard and Ed Miliband MP have completed their runs sitting in for Jeremy Vine. The former Conservative leader was earning his first cap for network while, by comparison, his Labour counterpart is a seasoned veteran. They join Roger to react to audience views and reflect on the experience.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Will Yates
Executive Producer: Katherine Godfrey

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Listener comment on Michael Howard and Ed Miliband on R2 and Evan Davis's Sweet Reason.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

New Editor Of Today2017020520170203 (R4)Roger Bolton asks if interviews with President Trump supporters require more care - or even censorship. And listeners give their reaction to the announcement of a new Today programme editor.

Earlier this week, the Today programme interviewed Frank Gaffney. Introduced as a former government official, Gaffney was invited to discuss his support for Donald Trump's ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. But some listeners thought his so-called controversial political stance and alleged conspiracy theories should have been made clearer, while others believed his alleged anti-Muslim views should have prevented him from appearing at all. Roger invites two Feedback listeners to discuss their views.

The task of dealing with such issues in the future has fallen into new hands - London Evening Standard editor Sarah Sands has been announced as the new editor of the Today programme. Listeners give their initial thoughts on the appointment - with some raising eyebrows over her lack of broadcast experience.

At this week's BBC Audio Drama Awards, James Fritz took home trophies for Best New Writer and Best Drama Script - the first time a writer has won both awards in the same year. His award winning drama was Comment is Free, which tackles the spiral of abuse on social media. James discusses how recent political events, including the tragic murder of Jo Cox, took the drama out of his imagination and aligned it with real fears.

The Welsh Assembly believes more should be done to reflect Welsh life in broadcasting. One station charged with doing just that is BBC Radio Cymru - which recently celebrated its 40th birthday. Reporter Llinos Jones goes behind the scenes to hear how the stations is meeting its audience's needs.

Producer: Katherine Godfrey
Presenter: Roger Bolton

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Listeners give their reaction to the announcement of a new Today programme editor.

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Radio 2 Schedule Changes2017022620170224 (R4)Listeners have been voicing their concerns about a significant shake-up to Radio 2's schedule including time changes, the moving of beloved presenters and an apparent lack of diversity. As the new schedule comes into effect this weekend, Head of BBC Radio 2 Lewis Carnie answers a range of audience questions - from his side of the Brian Matthew story, to ensuring Radio 2 will fill the space left by Desmond Carrington with a similarly eclectic sound.

Earlier this month, the new editor of The Archers gave his verdict on the future of Rob Titchener - he's "gone, but not dead" said Huw Kennair-Jones. Rob, who exerted coercive control on his partner, Helen for four years, has fled to America. But the actor who plays him, Timothy Watson, is in the Feedback studio to give listeners an understanding of this devious and manipulative mind - and whether he would ever return.

It's not only the hard-hitting, emotive storylines that keep Archers fans hooked. Feedback reporter Rebecca Pearce went behind the scenes of this year's Academic Archers conference - where academics and life-long fans gather to discuss everything from serious panels on Helen's life in prison to flower and producer shows.

And listeners pay tribute to broadcaster Steve Hewlett.

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Reinventing Local Radio2019031520190317 (R4)Roger Bolton on the future for radio listening using smart speakers and the reinvention of BBC local radio, and audience comment on whether or not Michael Jackson's music should be played on the BBC.

The BBC has recently launched plans to find a new generation of local radio presenters in an effort to turn around declining audiences. Feedback reporter Rob Crossan has travelled to BBC Radio Leeds to see how the plans are working out in practice.

The conversation over whether Michael Jackson's music should be played on the BBC rumbles on. This week, Feedback listeners weigh in.

Smart speakers are now included in the list of items used to measure inflation in the UK. With their increased popularity, what does the BBC hope to develop for the new technology? Roger goes to the heart of the BBC's research and development programme, the Blue Room, to find out what's in the pipeline.

And listeners give their thoughts on The Absence of Normal - a new series of comedy plays by anarchic comedian Alexei Sayle.

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Roger Bolton on reinventing local radio and listening to the BBC on smart speakers.

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Sarah Sands, Eddie Mair Leaves Pm, Ed 'death Metal' Miliband Returns2018070820180706 (R4)Editor Sarah Sands joins Roger Bolton to discuss online criticism of the Today programme, PM listeners bid goodbye to Eddie Mair and Radio 2 explains why Ed "Death Metal" Miliband is returning to the network, this time alongside Michael Howard.

Today has been coming under fire on social media, in the press and in the Feedback inbox. Some listeners and outside critics are decrying what they see as unbalanced news coverage, a lack of hard facts on big issues and overly aggressive interviews from presenters. The Editor Sarah Sands answers the criticisms and discusses her strategy for the future of BBC Radio's flagship news programme.

Eddie Mair has just announced that he is seeking a change after 20 years of presenting PM for Radio 4 and heading straight to a commercial competitor. Most, though not all, in the Feedback inbox are dismayed and we hear their messages of farewell.

And after putting Ed Miliband in place of Jeremy Vine on Radio 2 made headlines last year, the network has decided to repeat the experiment. The Jeremy Vine show editor, Phil Jones, tells Feedback why they brought Ed back but not Iain Duncan Smith, how he thinks Michael Howard will fare on his debut in Jeremy Vine's chair, and whether he has any big stunts up his sleeve for their shows.

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Today Editor Sarah Sands discusses online criticism of the programme.

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Science Special2017081320170811 (R4)Roger Bolton presents a special edition of the programme, exploring science on the radio.

Are BBC science programmes just "jocular froth"? That's the view of one listener, who speaks for many as he puts his point directly to Deborah Cohen, the Editor of Science Radio.

Jim Al-Khalili, presenter of The Life Scientific, discusses the scientific consensus around man-made climate change and how that should affect the way the BBC covers the issue.

Tom Feilden, Science and Environment Editor of the Today programme, explores the psychology of the news agenda and the reporting of controversial topics such as homeopathy.

Comic Robin Ince, who presents The Infinite Monkey Cage, discusses the blending of science with comedy.

And Chris Sizemore, the Commissioning Editor for the digital side of the Tomorrow's World season reveals an early preview of a brand new science podcast.

This special edition of Feedback was recorded at the end of July.

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Is radio science coverage "jocular froth"? Roger Bolton finds out.

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Should The Bbc Have Called The Christchurch Shooting A 'terror Attack'?2019032220190324 (R4)Roger Bolton asks the BBC News Editorial Director if the BBC should have termed events in Christchurch "terrorism", PM editor Owenna Griffiths discusses coverage of Brexit, and listeners give their views on cuts to Radio 3's Late Junction.

Recent BBC coverage of the Christchurch attack in New Zealand has sparked criticism from some listeners who take issue with the language used to describe the events. Others were frustrated by what they saw as disproportionate coverage and still more were annoyed when the BBC chose to name the alleged shooter in news bulletins. Roger puts these comments to the BBC News Editorial Director, Kamal Ahmed, and asks whether the BBC should have termed the atrocity a "terrorist attack".

For 20 years, Late Junction has been the home for experimental music on Radio 3. However, it's being reduced from three nights a week to one extended show on Friday nights. Late Junction listeners call on Radio 3's Controller to reverse the decision.

And, has Brexit begun to exhaust journalists and audiences alike? Owenna Griffiths, Editor of Radio 4's PM, tells Roger what she thinks she could be doing better and explains what she sees as her programme's unique role in approaching the story.

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Roger Bolton on coverage of the Christchurch attacks, cuts to Late Junction and Brexit.

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The Archers, From T20 To Pm2016032720160325 (R4)Is the abuse on The Archers realistic? Also, visualising radio and a cricketing calamity.

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The Bbc's Climate Change Coverage Under The Spotlight, Radio 4's Intrigue: The Ratline2018101220181014 (R4)News editor for BBC News and Current Affairs James Stephenson joins Roger Bolton to discuss how BBC Radio should be covering man-made climate change. As new presenters are announced on Radios 2 and 4, listeners react to the choices. And podcast fans love Intrigue: The Ratline but can it work as well for a radio audience?

Members of staff are being encouraged to enrol on a course detailing the BBC’s approach to climate change coverage and an editorial policy note distributed last month stated “you do not need to include outright deniers of climate change in BBC coverage”. News coverage of the recent IPCC’s report has left listeners with mixed opinions on whether there’s been a change of tone in the reporting. Roger puts your thoughts to James Stephenson, who accepts presentation errors were made recently.

Hot on the heels of Eddie Mair’s departure from PM, Chris Evans announced he was leaving too. As their replacements are announced, we hear your thoughts on Evan Davis and Zoe Ball being appointed as their replacements.

Intrigue: The Ratline is both a traditional broadcast programme and an extended podcast. A story of love, spies and genocide, podcast listeners have been gripped. Editor Hugh Levinson sits down with Roger to discuss the popular ten-part series and the need to penetrate the podcast market.

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Has the BBC changed its editorial policy on covering climate change?

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The Launch Of Bbc Sounds2018110220181104 (R4)Roger Bolton takes up concerns over presenter changes at Radio 2 and he investigates the BBC’s new push for younger listeners with the launch of the BBC Sounds app aimed at the "headphone generation". How will it affect loyal live radio listeners?

The BBC's Director of Radio and Music, Bob Shennan, answers the questions. He shares his regrets about Simon Mayo leaving Radio 2 and is frank about the effect of listener reaction to the stations new drivetime programme on co-presenter Jo Whiley.

This week, the BBC launched its new listening app, BBC Sounds. It is directly targeting younger listeners, many of whom enjoy listening to audio on their phones but do not listen to the radio. Jason Phipps, the BBC’s first dedicated commissioning editor for podcasts, tells Roger about the BBC's planned new podcasts, and listeners share their favourite podcast picks.

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Roger Bolton investigates the BBC's push for younger listeners.

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The Licence Fee For Over-75s2018112320181125 (R4)How should licence fees for the over-75s be funded? Roger Bolton talks to James Purnell, one of the most powerful men in BBC radio, as the Corporation launches a public consultation.

Roger also meets Baroness Warsi at the House of Lords. Frustrated by stereotypes of Muslim women, her recent BBC Radio 4 programme How to be a Muslim Woman has set out to change the conversation.

As the BBC’s Grenfell Tower Inquiry podcast marks its 100th edition, we hear from listeners and its editor, Jasper Corbett. He talks about where he draws the line on broadcasting distressing content and why day-by-day coverage of the Inquiry remains important.

And, as we approach midwinter, night-time radio listeners share their nocturnal habits and reveal the programmes that they turn to in the small hours.

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Roger Bolton discusses the licence fee for over-75s and challenging stereotypes.

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Time To Re-think Russia?2017021920170217 (R4)Roger Bolton asks if journalists are stuck in cold war thinking about Russia, and discovers if Radio 4's interactive drama Hashtag Love was truly interactive.

Following National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's resignation this week and stories of alleged Russian involvement in the US elections, some listeners have suggested that reporting about Russia follows only one narrative line - presenting the country as enemy of the West. So are journalists sticking to a one-sided portrayal that sounds like cold war fear? Radio 4's documentary "The Pull of Putin aimed to present a broader range of perspectives from pro-Moscow voices, and many listeners found it to be expertly balanced and a refreshing insight. Presenter and producer Tim Whewell discusses whether western media needs to re-frame the relationship with Russia.

Meanwhile, some listeners say that one candidate in the French Presidential elections is dominating coverage - Marine Le Pen of France's National Front party. Is the BBC being influenced by controversial statements from populist parties? BBC Radio Newsroom editor Richard Clark responds.

And how often have you listened to radio drama and wanted to influence the characters' decisions? Radio 4 attempted to give listeners that opportunity with Hashtag Love. The interactive drama was staged live, incorporating reactions from social media and allowing the audience to influence the ending. Writer Peter Souter explains how he conducted the twists and turns of this live drama.

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Roger Bolton asks if journalists are stuck in cold war thinking about Russia.

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Too Much Mourinho2016052920160527 (R4)Listener comments on Mourinho topping Radio 4 bulletins and Tom Hollander's school drama.

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Up All Night2018120720181209 (R4)This week, Roger Bolton hears from listeners concerned that the BBC gives too much time to so-called Think Tanks - without disclosing their political leanings or how they're funded. Should Think Tanks be obliged to reveal their sources of funding before being allowed on air?
Continuing our late night listening theme, Dotun Adebayo, presenter of BBC 5 Live’s ‘Up All Night’, shares some moving experiences he’s had on the show, and reveals a rather unlikely source of company in the wee small hours.
And Roger speaks to DJ Deke Duncan, who has been catapulted to fame 44 years after setting up his own one-man radio station in his garden shed. Deke’s somewhat limited audience is about to get a lot bigger…
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Think Tank transparency, staying up with Dotun Adebayo, and fame at last for DJ Deke.

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Us Elections, In Tune2016031320160311 (R4)Is there too much US election coverage? And behind the scenes at the Lent Talks.

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Westminster Attack2017032620170324 (R4)Roger Bolton hears listeners' responses to BBC Radio's coverage of the Westminster attack.

Also, following a letter from more than 70 - mainly Conservative - MPs to the BBC which called the Corporation's coverage of Brexit pessimistic and skewed, BBC Economics Editor Kamal Ahmed discusses his role in uncertain economic times.

This week, a documentary took listeners inside a hospital in northern Israel for 24 hours. Tim Samuels' Sleepover: Inside the Israeli Hospital followed doctors at Ziv hospital treating patients who had crossed over the border from Syria. Many listeners said it shone a light on a little-known story, while a few others raised concerns about what they saw as a lack of political context in the programme. Roger speaks to Tim Samuels.

And Feedback reporter Rob Crossan is in Gateshead for an on-location recording of BBC Radio 3's long-running Jazz Record Requests programme from the Sage, as part of the network's Free Thinking Festival. Rob speaks to presenter Alyn Shipton about just how particular listeners are when it comes to specific versions of records and asks the audience whether it makes a difference to see as well as hear the programme.

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Listeners' reactions to the coverage of the Westminster attack and reporting on Brexit.

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Westminster Coverage, The End Of Midweek And The Editor Of The Archers2017040220170331 (R4)Roger Bolton puts listener questions about coverage of the Westminster attack by Khalid Masood, to the Deputy Editor of BBC News, Toby Castle.

And Roger reports from the Nations and Regions Media Conference in Salford on the important BBC radio headlines from the event. While there, he talks with the Editor of The Archers, Huw Kennair-Jones. Huw answers listener questions on all manner of subjects from sex and fruity language, to whether he wants to run another Helen and Rob-style hard-hitting subject in the near future.

Also this week, some listeners wonder whether the BBC has been too cowed by criticism from MPs to report sufficiently impartially on the recent Unite for Europe march. And there's a fond farewell to BBC Radio 4's Midweek programme after 35 years.

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Westminster coverage, the end of Midweek and the editor of The Archers.

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Why Are Listeners Leaving Today Behind? And The Radio 1 Interview That Never Aired.2018080520180803 (R4)Roger Bolton asks why Today is losing listeners and hears views on the Radio 1 interview that never aired. Natalie Haynes talks about finding hilarity in antiquity.

The latest set of RAJAR radio listening figures were released this week. There was a big fall in the number of people tuning in to Radio 4's Today. We hear from disgruntled listeners about why they've stopped listening and former Editor of Today and Controller of 5Live, Roger Mosey, discusses whether the corporation should be worried.

Radio 1 caused a social media storm last week by first trailing - and then cancelling - an interview with the controversial YouTube vlogger Logan Paul. The online star had been invited for an interview with Charlie Sloth despite making headlines earlier this year when he made a video that many felt made light of suicide. Listeners explain why they were angry about the interview and respond to Radio 1's explanation for cancelling it.

Natalie Haynes Stands up for the Classics is perhaps the model of an unlikely hit - a self-described ex-comedian looking for humorous ways to explore the lives of figures from ancient history. Feedback listeners seem to love it, so Natalie joins Roger Bolton to answer their questions and reveal the origin of her obsession with Classics.

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Why is Today losing listeners? And the Radio 1 interview that never aired.

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Why Did Radio 6 Music Decide To Shake Up Its Schedule?2019040520190407 (R4)Roger Bolton discusses changes at Radio 6 Music , the end of iPM and re-inventing local radio, and talks to Eric Robson about saying goodbye to GQT.

Judging by audiences and awards at least, Radio 6 Music was on a roll. So it surprised many when a major shake up of the schedule was announced for 2019, including giving Lauren Laverne the coveted breakfast show and moving the much loved Radcliffe and Maconie from weekdays to weekends. Roger puts listener views to the Head of Radio 6 Music, Paul Rodgers, and asks why he made this decision.

iPM, the listener driven weekly companion to PM, is the latest victim of BBC cutbacks. We hear from listeners who have filled the Feedback inbox with frustration at the news.

What does it mean to "re-invent" local radio? A few weeks ago, Feedback went to Leeds to try and shed some light on the BBC's plans to reverse a decline in local listening figures and transform its local offering to attract younger and more diverse audiences. This week, Roger speaks to Chris Burns, the BBC's recently installed Head of Local Radio, to find out more.

And Eric Robson has chaired Gardener's Question Time for 25 years but, at the end of the month, he's stepping aside to be replaced by Kathy Clugston. Ahead of a recording in the idyllic surroundings of the Oxford Botanical Garden, he reflects on his career and offers advice to his successor.

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Listener views on changes at 6 Music and the end of iPM, and Eric Robson leaves GQT.

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World On The Move2016052220160520 (R4)Radio 4's World on the Move - essential listening or a day of pro-immigration propaganda?

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