UK Radio

Why I Love... The Russell Brand Radio Show

Pete Strauss | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Pete Strauss

It's been nearly nine years since Russell Brand's radio show came to its abrupt and dramatic end, bringing the country's biggest broadcaster to its kn...

S-Town, Radio At Its Very Best

David Spencer | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
David Spencer

At the end of the final episode of S-Town, presenter Brian Reed thanks what he calls 'the best podcast team in the world'. He is almost certainly righ...

Scott Mills' Radio Show Faces Ofcom Investigation Over 'Essex Girls' Jokes

The Huffington Post | Daniel Welsh | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Entertainment

Ofcom has confirmed that it will be investigating Scott Mills’s Radio 1 show, following a string of jokes about “Essex girls” which aired last m...

What Happened When We Asked The Public To Finish The Sentence 'My Britain Is...'

Nihal Arthanayake | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK
Nihal Arthanayake

Is the UK a divided place? What are the things that divide us? What are the bonds that unite us? Those are the questions that we were asking our Afternoon Edition audience on BBC Radio 5 live all last week. Deep diving into the lives and experiences of communities living in the UK offered everything from views on immigration to concerns about the NHS, social mobility and where people say they're from.

The Wonder Of Digital

Jon Mew | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Tech
Jon Mew

I've always loved media. It says all the wrong things about me, but big media breakthroughs, driven by technology have been some of the most vivid and exciting moments I can remember.

Remembering A Lone Voice - My Homage To Glyn Worsnip

Ed Green | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ed Green

A random experience on the morning commute made me think of the most inspired piece of radio I've ever heard. Stepping off a busy tube at St Paul's, ...

Why You Need To Try A Digital Detox

Andy Bush | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Tech
Andy Bush

At the end of 2016 something inside me snapped. I got sick of not being able to have a proper conversation with people because their eyes kept tracking down to note incessant updates from their phone -- almost as if their little plastic PA was jealous of not getting their undivided attention.

Redefining Radio - Putting Local Listening Back On The Map

Rhys Hancock | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rhys Hancock

In an age where print publications are closing their doors daily, radio seems to be one medium that is more popular than ever. From the birth of regi...

For The First Time Ever, Sky TV Will Soon Work Without A Satellite Dish

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Tech

Whether you’re a fan of the service or not, Sky has defined the way that we consume television in the UK. It has first and foremost been the satelli...

Behind The Scenes At NBC Studios

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

I am someone who really loves great TV and equally interested in delving a bit deeper into how great TV is made. There's something very fascinating in...

Norway Will Switch Off Its FM Radio Forever This Week

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Tech

Residents of northern Norway will be greeted with silence if they switch on their FM radios tomorrow morning (11 January). The Scandinavian nation is ...

How Music Can Improve Your Health

Charlotte Long | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Long

We all know that music can affect your mood. The 'Eye of the Tiger' could have you fist pumping for joy one moment and Celine Dion has rendered you to tears the next (obviously the song choices are subject to musical taste...).

It's A Privilege To Play Rob And Show Domestic Abuse Can And Does Happen Anywhere

Timothy Watson | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Timothy Watson

I am frequently asked, what's Rob like to play? Well it sounds trite, but - it's a privilege. The old cliche that 'the villains are the most fun to play' is in part, true (although along with 'break a leg' and 'I'm not out of work, just resting', I've never once heard it said by an actor). But Rob Titchener is more than a 'villain'. He is arrogant, narcissistic and abusive psychopath. He is also - so he believes - charming, kind, loving and selfless. Very complex, in other words. And therein lies the challenge and the thrill to the actor.

The Pronunciation Conundrum

David Spencer | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK
David Spencer

Working in radio news means you become fixated with pronunciation. Words that seem so simple become overly complicated as you realise we say them in different ways. Is harassment - her-rass-ment or haris-ment for example? Then there's controversy or CON-TROV-ERR-SEE. A can of worms has been opened and it's very hard to close it again.

The Radio News Bulletin - Time To Change The Menu?

David Spencer | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
David Spencer

For more than 20 years I have been presenting and reading the news on U.K. Radio. During that time there have been dramatic changes to broadcasting and interaction with listeners. Whether this has been the internet's arrival, the expanded use of mobile phones or improved computers - technology and innovation has impacted radio and what we do in our job everyday.

What Made Terry Wogan A Radio Great?

David Lloyd | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
David Lloyd

"They'll probably have to drag me away from the microphone when they decide to elbow me. I shall cling to it. There'll be a lot of tears and screaming...

Celebs at Home: The Edge

Andy Bush | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Andy Bush

Do you ever wonder if the kitchen's of the rich and famous are as messy and disorganised as ours? Does Elton John's grill perennially smoke up when he's got bacon on? Does Keith Richards curse when taking the bin out because Mick Jagger has gone and bought the cheap bin bags again? In this picture I explore the possibility of whether U2's The Edge has a messy 'odds and sods' drawer like most of us all do.

That Nervousness Is There - But I've Never Been More Excited About A New Job

Nihal Arthanayake | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Nihal Arthanayake

I am so excited about my new job co-hosting Afternoon Edition alongside Sarah Brett on BBC Radio 5 live and so happy that the Controller of 5 live Jonathan Wall has given me an opportunity of a lifetime. This is mainstream broadcasting. The guests are household names, the issues go beyond the Asian community while being relevant to them too. The chance to have the conversations I used to have but on a bigger platform, and many new debates as well.

Helen Is Set To Face Rob In Family Courts - Here's How We're Campaigning For Real Helens With Child First

Polly Neate | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK
Polly Neate

Life imitates art again. As Helen faces Rob in the family courts in The Archers, our Child First campaign, which is calling for radical change to the family court system in order to protect survivors of domestic abuse and their children, is going to Parliament.

Helen's Trial In 'The Archers' Shows Juries Get It Right

Sandra Paul | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sandra Paul

For me, what is amazing about the programme's recent storyline is that it foreshadowed issues which resulted in new legislation in the UK at a time when the issue was not being discussed; the story line started in 2013 yet it was not until 2015 that the behaviour it depicted was criminalised in the England and Wales.

Celebs At Home #61: Richard Ashcroft

Andy Bush | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Andy Bush

Imagine if the public figures we idolise because of how cool they are turned out to have secret hobbies that were dead nerdy or 'square'? I love the idea of Rock Gods walking off stage and heading to the nearest railway station to go train spotting, or glamorous sporting heroes finishing a vital game then racing off to play Dungeons and Dragons.

Eaters At Work Make Me Sick!

Dave Berry | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dave Berry

I'm not opposed to work pals sitting in the canteen or grabbing a sandwich to eat at their desk because people are pressed for time - but this is a totally different kettle of fish, a kettle of fish that's smells and has been devoured by Jim in accounts and its one that is causing a work place divide between two camps.

The US Air Force Wants To Plasma Bomb The Sky, Boosting Radio Signals

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Tech

The US Air Force wants to detonate plasma bombs in the upper atmosphere in a novel attempt to improve radio communications. Normally, the Earth’s c...

My Edinburgh Festival Survival Guide

Matt Richardson | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Matt Richardson

I've been to Edinburgh many times. Some of it I know, some of it I don't. It's the most amazing and wonderful place during the festival. You'll see some of the best shows you've ever seen (and some of the worst - but that's all part of the fun!) please don't just take my advice below - you need to go and find out for yourself. So get your bum up here!

'Heartless Hotline' Radio Competition Was So Cruel You Won't Believe It's Real

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK

A radio competition that encouraged callers to ‘steal’ money from people in desperate need has been called “disgusting” after a mother who nee...