Helen Boaden

Radio 1 and Radio 2 Are Much-Loved - Listeners Should Decide Their Future

Helen Boaden | Posted 17.07.2016 | UK
Helen Boaden

The key argument seems to be that it these stations lack 'distinctiveness'. The shorthand we often hear - Radios 3 and 4 embody public service broadcasting whilst Radios 1 and 2 are easily replaced by commercial counterparts - is wrong. Take Radio 1. It informs, educates and entertains 10million young listeners a week. It offers daily news (up to six times more news per week than its commercial competitors), regular documentaries (rarely heard on commercial networks) and social action campaigns, highlighting issues like online bullying and teenage suicide. In fact, we estimate around 40% of Radio 1's daytime output is speech - twice as much as comparable commercial outlets.

Helen Boaden To Head BBC Radio Networks

PA | Posted 14.02.2013 | UK

Helen Boaden, the executive in charge of BBC News when the Jimmy Savile controversy erupted, is to move to a new role heading the corporation's radio ...

BBC Staff Urged Not To Tweet About Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK

BBC staff have been urged not to tweet about the corporation's problems by the acting head of news, Fran Unsworth. She told staff in an internal me...

'Checks And Safeguards Failed At Every Level'

Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

The "monumental failures" at the BBC must prompt a complete overhaul of the corporation's management structures, the chair of an influential Westminst...

Has Tim Davie 'Got A Grip?'

The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK

The BBC has entered some extremely choppy waters of late with Director-General George Entwistle resigning over a disastrous Newsnight broadcast. Th...

David Dimbleby Slams 'Gobbledegook' Culture At BBC

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

Veteran BBC presenter David Dimbleby has hit out at bloated management and a culture of "gobbledegook" at the corporation. The Question Time host s...

The BBC: Is This the Corporation's Hacking Crisis?

Des Freedman | Posted 12.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Des Freedman

Those newspapers that are now revelling in the BBC's discomfort are in no position to do so and are motivated less by a commitment to rigorous and independent journalism than by the opportunity to make life difficult for their publicly-funded rival. Some of the hypocrisy is astounding.

BBC's Helen Boaden And Stephen Mitchell 'Step Aside' After Newsnight Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

Helen Boaden, the head of BBC News, and Stephen Mitchell, her deputy, are to step aside in the wake of the Newsnight report which falsely identified a...

Who's The Bookies' Favourite To Replace Entwistle?

PA | Posted 11.11.2012 | UK

Caroline Thomson is the favourite to become the new director general of the BBC, according to Ladbrokes. Following George Entwistle's resignation t...

She's 'Peeing All Over British Industry': Iain Duncan Smith Attacks BBC's Economics Editor

PA | Posted 19.08.2012 | UK

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith's department has made a formal complaint to the BBC claiming its coverage of the Government is biased, i...