Radio 4

Hints of Tory Membership Flight Following May Coronation

Sam Harrison | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

In the hours following the announcement that Theresa May would become prime minister without a vote being put to the membership of the Conservative Pa...

BBC Broadcasts Moment Its Reporter Is Called P*** In Her Home Town

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK

BBC Radio 4 has aired the moment its journalist Sima Kotecha was called a 'P**i' by a Brexit voter in her home town of Basingstoke. Kotecha was in "ut...

Trump-Supporting Ann Coulter Brands Radio 4 Presenter 'Babycakes' During Fiery Interview

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK

BBC stalwart James Naughtie has revealed his surprise at being called "babycakes" during a fiery interview on Donald Trump's chances of success at bec...

The Archers Brings Stomas Into the Spotlight

Alex Walmsley | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alex Walmsley

Like the other five million listeners to BBC Radio Four's "The Archers", I am gripped by the storyline which recently saw abused wife Helen stab her husband Rob Titchener... Once we learned that he'd survived, the next development was discovering that evil Rob had been given a stoma while he recovers from his life-saving bowel surgery.

Closing Newspaper Review Show After 60 Years Is A Sign Of Changing Times

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK

Former hosts of the soon-to-be axed 'What The Papers Say' have hailed its closure as "sadly inevitable" in the changing media landscape. Print jour...

This Archers Plotline Inspired People To Give Thousands To Charity

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK

A donations page setup on behalf of a fictional character from the world's longest-running radio soap opera has raised over £11,000 for a domestic vi...

Blowing the Bloody Doors Off Sir Michael's "Sort of Certain" Brexit Endorsement

Ian Baxter | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Baxter

So yes cooperation is challenging, joint decision making sometimes seems a pain. But the Britain Sir Michael and I both love has always had the confidence and courage to be outward looking, collaborative, forward thinking and a strong advocate of free trade. We will soon have the chance to prove that these great attributes remain.

Christmas Future: Sober?

Pete Jackson | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Pete Jackson

Alcoholism gets in deep. And it doesn't ever really go away. Like a virus that lingers in your system, ever ready to rear it's ugly head and shout 'Oi dickhead!! Remember me?!'

Watch Jim Naughtie's Hugely Emotional And Teary Farewell From 'Today' Programme

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK

James "Jim" Naughtie bid an emotional and teary farewell to the 'Today Programme' on Wednesday morning after presenting the show for 21 years. Co-h...

Nicky Morgan's Solution To Social Services Has Made A Lot Of People Very Angry

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK

Nicky Morgan has come under fire from listeners after saying local authorities need to focus on "leadership" when it comes to children's services rath...

Jim Naughtie Made An Epically Rude Gaffe Live On BBC Radio 4 This Morning

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK

BBC Radio 4 presenter James "Jim" Naughtie made a rather unfortunate gaffe live on air this morning, swearing quite aggressively for an as-yet-unknown...

'Voice Of Radio 4' Peter Donaldson Dies, Aged 70

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Entertainment

Radio 4 announcer and newsreader Peter Donaldson has died, at the age of 70. It was announced on the radio station's early morning news on Tuesday...

Diane Abbott Gets A Social Media Roasting After Brutal Radio 4 Interview

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK

Diane Abbott has sparked uproar on social media after an interview on BBC's Today programme when she attempted to play down tensions in the shadow cab...

Radio 4's 'Today in Parliament' Is Celebrating Its 70th Anniversary - I Take a Look Back...

Sean Curran | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK
Sean Curran

Now, in spite of all the TV temptations and digital distractions, Today in Parliament attracts more than a million listeners every week. In times of crisis it is even bigger. In 2003 as parliament debated the case for military action in Iraq, the weekly audience neared three million.

'You Can Shout at Us, You Can Do Whatever You Want... We Are Going to Stay Here, We Are British'

Kavita Puri | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK
Kavita Puri

Last year I heard the untold story of this pioneer generation - children of the Raj who arrived in a country unused to seeing people from the former colonies on its streets. I now pick up their story - along with their children - many of whom were born here - in the second series of Three Pounds in My Pocket, broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

As Jim Naughtie Recalls His Jeremy C**t Moment, Here Are The Best Radio 4 Gaffes Ever

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK

Radio veteran Jim Naughtie has recalled the cringeworthy moment he accidentally called former culture secretary Jeremy Hunt 'Jeremy 'C**t'' while broa...

This Radio 4 Interview With Kids Company's Founder Has Been Branded 'Shameful'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK

The founder of Kids Company has mounted a passionate defence against claims of financial mismanagement at the troubled charity, resulting in a bizarre...

Shift Terrors - The Health Dangers of Working Unsociable Hours

David Spencer | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Spencer

This week on Radio 4, Today's Sarah Montague presented a half hour exploration of the health risks of working these unsociable hours. Getting up to present the BBC's flagship radio news programme at 0330 was her inspiration.

Why the UK Just Can't Get Enough of Nature

Sophie Alderson | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Comedy
Sophie Alderson

I am enjoying our genuine national interest in hitherto uncelebrated wildlife, in a positive way that Watership Down could never truly offer. Because all the children were crying.

My First Day as a Writer

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Furquan Akhtar

I start to think about the writer I want to be. Maybe I'll get really good at Twitter. I could become one of those writers who has their finger on the pulse and can talk about Newsnight and the latest series of Ex on the Beach, Yeah, maybs. I turn the wifi back on.

Confessions of a 40-something

Vicki Marinker | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki Marinker

Almost as soon as the clock struck midnight on my 40th birthday, I became invisible to the general public. I'm not saying I used to attract lots of attention, but I really think I could walk the streets naked in broad daylight without causing a stir.

Why Do the Media Assume the Bishops Are Our Only Moral Guardians?

Bob Morgan | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Bob Morgan

The 'Thought For The Day' slot is often (not always) given to religious professionals of various types. Or at least there seem to be a majority of speakers from the various faiths. Other people's thoughts are not seen as valuable or moral perhaps?

'Lagom': Why Swedes Are Happier Than Us

Danny Robins | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Danny Robins

There has for some years now been a great deal of interest in Sweden here in the UK. I think this stems largely from the fact that Swedes seem like a happier, more successful version of us... What is their secret? It could be summed up in one word: 'lagom'. Lagom is a uniquely Swedish word with no direct translation into English. It means 'not too much, not to little'.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue What's Wrong With Samantha

Paul Blanchard | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Paul Blanchard

Last week it was announced that four sad people with no sense of humour, no discernable social skills, no life, no experience and no self-awareness had complained to the BBC about the lovely Samantha...

Westminster Is Irrelevant (Not That You Would Know It)

Harry Cooper | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Politics
Harry Cooper

I got back from Strasbourg last week, where the European Parliament absurdly ships itself each month to vote on various regulations and directives. And, unsurprisingly, there was almost no mention of what happened in any UK newspaper, blog or radio station. To be quite honest with you, it makes me want to bash my head against a wall. What happens in Brussels (and Strasbourg) has far more impact on any of lives than what MPs in Westminster usually bitch and moan about.