Switch off the phone, turn on the radio and tune into Proust | Alex Clark | Opinion

Switch off the phone, turn on the radio and tune into Proust | Alex Clark | Opinion

Might Marcel Proust, on finding that BBC Radio 4 is to broadcast a 10-hour adaptation of In Search of Lost Time across the August bank holiday weekend, stretch his dictum that “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes”, so that it also includes ears? Or might […]

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Big moths are a cut above the rest | Brief letters | Environment

Big moths are a cut above the rest | Brief letters | Environment

It is terrible that the youth crime emergency has arrived so suddenly and taken the government by complete surprise. If only some experts in the field, such as police officers, social workers, youth workers, teachers and so on could have warned them.Louise Fleckney (former DCI)Broughton, Northamptonshire • I have just discarded a pair of trousers […]

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Alexa tempts radio listeners to leave BBC for commercial stations | Television & radio

Alexa tempts radio listeners to leave BBC for commercial stations | Television & radio

Britons increasingly prefer commercial radio stations to the BBC, according to the latest figures from Rajar, which also reveal how Amazon’s Alexa is changing listening habits. The long-term trend towards favouring commercial radio has been exacerbated by the popularity of smart speakers in British homes, which are prompting people previously loyal to a single station […]

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It’s true: The Archers is far more sexist than James Bond | Television & radio

Using the analytic tool beloved by patriarchy-smashers everywhere, the Bechdel-Wallace test, the researchers Cara Courage and Nicola Headlam have found that The Archers is more sexist than the James Bond film From Russia with Love. To recap, the test requires two women to engage in dialogue about something other than a man for longer than […]

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How I got inside Mueller’s head: the writer of a new Trump-Russia play tells all | Television & radio

I have become a nerd. No, an uber nerd. When Donald Trump was recently asked to name Michael Cohen’s father-in-law during an interview, he faltered. Too easy! Fima Shusterman, two years’ probation for tax evasion in 1993. Next question! I’ve always nursed an unhealthy attraction to American politics – previous plays of mine have covered […]

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George Galloway censured over Salisbury poisoning claims | Politics

George Galloway breached broadcasting impartiality rules when he used his radio show to cast doubt on Russian involvement in the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal in Salisbury last year, according to media regulator Ofcom. The former MP used his weekly programme on TalkRadio to repeatedly criticise claims of Russian involvement in the incident. He […]

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Ex-BBC Radio 1 star Dianne Oxberry dies aged 51 from cancer

BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry has died suddenly at the age of 51 after recently being diagnosed with cancer causing colleagues to break down on air as her death was revealed today. The married mother-of-two, who found fame as a sidekick for Steve Wright and Simon Mayo on Radio 1, retrained as a meteorologist and joined BBC […]

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Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley shares barbed photo of very male BBC line-up – hours after Simon Mayo quits

Radio 2  DJ Jo Whiley shared a picture of her and an otherwise male dominant line-up of her BBC colleagues just hours after the news that her co-host Simon Mayo was stepping down. Simon Mayo will become the latest high-profile departure from BBC Radio 2 as he leaves his Drivetime show five months after he was forced to […]

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BBC Radio star Mark Radcliffe, 60, tells stunned listeners he has cancer

BBC Radio star Mark Radcliffe has told stunned listeners he has cancer and is stopping work to get treatment. The 60-year-old who hosts the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show said he will be taking some time off for treatment for ‘cancerous tongue and lymph node issues’. The broadcaster made the announcement during his show on […]

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Tom Daley discusses fatherhood on Lauren Laverne’s first Desert Island Discs | Television & radio

Tom Daley, the first Desert Island Discs castaway to be interviewed by Lauren Laverne, reveals fatherhood has given him a new emotional distance from the competitive world of sport. The diver and his husband, the film-maker Dustin Lance Black, announced the birth of Robert Ray in June. “There are bigger things than Olympic medals,” Daley […]

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