So Radio 1's Big Weekend, Glasgow 2014, is almost upon us. Nearly two years in the planning and everything is very well poised.
As long as Andros can string a few sentences together in front of a camera, his recent involvement with the squad means he's surely going to be the most interesting voice when it comes to England, and, for millions, that's really all it comes to.
For the first time in 30 years, Alan Titchmarsh, the BBC presenter, is designing and building a show feature. From the Moors to the Sea will celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the UK's biggest community gardening campaign - RHS Britain in Bloom, as well as Alan's own 50 years in horticulture.
For the good of British politics there needs to be a conscientious shift away from this nonsense. We may not be to blame for the actions of politicians but those who govern will only ever stand a chance of being held accountable when we stop treating them like graduates of the Big Brother academy and start scrutinising their service to the public.
What's special about The Trip to Italy is its ability to make the intertextual, Mikhail Bakhtin's early 20th Century concept of referencing other "texts" in a "text", so natural and accessible. The series evinced a peerless and popular postmodernism.
It goes without saying that levels of excitement among those of us who take this kind of thing seriously have become dangerously high. Parties are being planned, continental snacks purchased, national anthems practised and costumes obtained.
So Jeremy Clarkson has done it again. Not for the first time, the news agenda has been hijacked by the idiocy and anachronistic opinion of this called so called 'Journalist'. Being an established 'leftie' so vocally despised by Clarkson, I have received at least three invitations to sign petitions calling on the BBC to sack him.
What's happening in Nigeria is exceedingly complicated, and it's not something I would normally write about. But as a female educator, I feel it's my responsibility in keeping the crisis in the news as important, which might influence freeing (or finding) these innocent girls' and giving them a future together with opportunities.
If you've never heard of, or don't understand, words like GDP, quantitative easing or even corporation tax, then I have a suggestion: the next time Alex Salmond or Alistair Darling try to persuade you to vote one way or the other with neat sound bites, scaremongering or wild assumptions, turn them off and do a bit of research on economics instead.
The actress made a complaint through Equal Justice solicitors because she understood the racism that had been scripted and masked in the Top Gear Burma episode.
I am all of a tremble, I am quivering in my boots, I am turning into a gibbering nervous wreck and overcome with FEAR!
In his essential book on UK foreign policy, Web of Deceit: Britain's Real Role in the World, historian Mark Curtis notes "the ideological system promo...
Former BBC journalist Kurt Barling wouldn't think twice before agreeing that the industry faces diversity set-backs, after having been made redundant recently after 25 years at the organisation in a bid to make £700m in savings. The issue however isn't your classic redundancy situation..
Where did you first come across London Grammar? Perhaps on the radio, though of course you could also have found it on Spotify, or via a shared link on Facebook. Where did you first get an earful of German Whip? It might have been on DAB, but equally it may have been Tumblr, or via Playlister, or on YouTube. However, ask anyone who can remember Britpop where they first heard the anthems of that era, and the answer is usually a great deal simpler: Radio 1.
Women of Britain: we may still be marginalised in headlines, in the editor's specially selected comments, and in the shaving section of our local Superdrug. But this is a system, and we can screw it on so many levels. I suggest we start by buying a Mach 3.
As the corporation gears up to negotiating the renewal of the Royal Charter and defending the licence fee (why Ian Fletcher was brought in, after all), W1A is a reminder of why the BBC is worth it. Ok, there are a few other reasons, like BBC News and Radio 4 and live music and (now) the World Service.... You don't have to like them all, just enough of them.