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Talk back to the BBC and challenge the programme makers.

Talk back to the BBC and challenge the programme makers.

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London, United Kingdom

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BBC

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Talk back to the BBC and challenge the programme makers.

Language:

English


Episodes

Do fake football crowd sounds do it for you?

7/4/2020
Live football is back on air, but for the most part, live spectators aren’t. We ask the editor of BBC World Service sport about the challenges in the wake of Covid-19. Is it better with or without fake crowd sounds? Plus, making art accessible for disabled artists on the Cultural Frontline. Presented by Rajan Datar. Produced by Howard Shannon.

Duration:00:08:59

Casting an eye to the future with Rethink

6/27/2020
How is the BBC World Service addressing our new reality in the wake of Covid? We look at the new Rethink season casting an eye to the future. Listeners ask why after eight years - and 400 shows - is Boston no longer Calling? And our digital doctor is back to answer more of your online dilemmas. Presented by Rajan Datar. Produced by Howard Shannon.

Duration:00:10:05

Does the historical series Spitfire make it off the ground?

6/20/2020
The historical series Spitfire: The People’s Plane takes a deep dive into the rarely told aspects of the story of this iconic second world war fighter. But does it take liberties with the truth and why in one episode did the sound effects drown out what’s being said? Plus a listener defends the documentary The Orgasm Gap. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon

Duration:00:08:59

Covid-19: The Indian perspective

6/13/2020
As the global Coronavirus spotlight focuses on India, we speak to the BBC’s bureau chief to ask how the team in Delhi are coping with the crisis. What are the challenges faced in deploying correspondents? Plus: the Orgasm Gap recently asked what we should be taught about sexual pleasure. But one listener accuses it of adopting a casual and “giggling” style. Presenter: Rajan Datar. Producer: Howard Shannon

Duration:00:08:58

Reporting the US riots in the midst of police and protesters

6/6/2020
The US Black Lives Matter protests and riots have been making headlines across the world. We talk to the BBC’s North America editor Jon Sopel about the demands and dilemmas the crisis has placed on correspondents. Listeners ask why do the media appear to have been targeted by the police? Presenter: Rajan Datar. Producer: Howard Shannon.

Duration:00:08:59

Behind the scenes of a pandemic edition of Parentland

5/30/2020
Parentland, the show that answers audience questions about raising children, recently returned for two pandemic-focussed episodes. But how can it possibly address issues confronting families in such different social and economic circumstances around the world? Plus, in our regular series How I Hear, a listener tells us what they think of the BBC World Service - both good and bad. Presenter: Rajan Datar. Producer: Howard Shannon

Duration:00:08:59

Reaction to a drama on the founding of Israel

5/23/2020
Why the radio drama Miriam and Youssef was chosen and how it walked a political tightrope. Plus series two of 13 Minutes To The Moon but what’s happened to the season finale?

Duration:00:08:59

BBC’s commitment for 50:50 men and women on air

5/16/2020
The “50:50” is part of the BBC’s commitment to having an equal share of women and men on-air and as expert contributors. As it completes its second year, has it succeeded? Plus listeners continue to tell us they are missing World Update. We update you on why it has gone off air. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon

Duration:00:09:13

Getting the balance right

5/9/2020
Is the BBC World Service getting the balance right with the amount of airtime it is giving to the coronavirus pandemic? Not everyone thinks so. Listeners give their views on both sides of the debate and the controller of BBC World Service English, responds. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon

Duration:00:09:13

Number crunching the coronavirus

5/2/2020
Collating facts and figures about the global coronavirus crisis is of course crucial but one listener finds the way they are presented far from informative. The BBC’s Statistics Editor joins us. Plus: your thoughts on a documentary about the 1918 flu pandemic and why a report about an orchestra made out of garbage led to bewilderment. Presenter: Rajan Datar. Producedr:: Howard Shannon

Duration:00:08:58

The mechanics of making Coronavirus Global Conversations

4/25/2020
Those with shared experiences of coronavirus have been coming together to talk about their own stories. We’re joined by the editor of Coronavirus Global Conversations to get the lowdown on how the series is made. Plus listeners are asking: whatever has happened to Weekend? Presenter: Rajan Datar. Producer: Howard Shannon

Duration:00:09:13

Sports programmes without any live sport

4/18/2020
Why is Sports World still on air when there is next to no live sport actually going on? The BBC’s editor of sport tells us why. Plus just how is the BBC World Service making sure it is truly reflecting the real effect of coronavirus on the world? We ask Newshour’s editor Jo Floto. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon

Duration:00:08:59

The secret of producing a topical and hard hitting conversation

4/11/2020
The Conversation is a weekly show asking “what are women talking about around the world?” We talk to its host, Kim Chakanetsa, to find out how they highlight those topics and find the best chemistry. Plus another in our regular series How I Hear - by a listener in lockdown in Sao Paolo in Brazil. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon

Duration:00:09:13

The spread of Coronavirus misinformation on social media

4/4/2020
How difficult is to trace the origins of social media posts containing Coronavirus misinformation? We talk to the BBC Trending team about how one particular post went viral. Plus: Listeners tell us what they think about coverage of the pandemic on the BBC World Service. Presenter: Rajan Datar. Producer: Simon Jarvis.

Duration:00:08:59

13 Minutes to the Moon returns

3/28/2020
Rajan Datar talks to Andrew Luck-Baker, the producer of the podcast series 13 Minutes to the Moon and Nuala McGovern gives us the lowdown on the joys and perils of broadcasting from home. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon

Duration:00:08:58

Coronavirus and the challenges in making programmes

3/21/2020
Is the BBC World Service in lockdown because of the coronavirus? How are programme-makers continuing to make programmes? We ask a senior BBC editor about the corporation’s contingency plans. Plus: The Inquiry recently asked “have our climate models been wrong?” But did the programme itself get the balance of its debate wrong? Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon

Duration:00:09:00

Uncovering the tell tale signs of fake news

3/14/2020
How can you spot the tell tale signs of fake news? BBC Monitoring has recently published an online video with some top tips - we meet the man behind it. Plus, was a recent edition of The Food Chain biased towards food additives scientists? And more thoughts from listeners on how the World Service is reporting the coronavirus outbreak. Presenter: Rajan Datar. Producer: Howard Shannon

Duration:00:09:14

How is the BBC’s news agenda decided?

3/7/2020
How is the World Service news agenda set? We go behind the scenes of the daily editorial meeting to get an insight as to what propels a story onto the daily programmes. And this week inevitably one story dominates the news agenda, so what are the difficulties with covering the coronavirus story? Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon

Duration:00:08:58

The Russian photo that broke online records

2/29/2020
Why the story of two young LGBT activists from St Petersburg won a record breaking number of online hits on BBC News Russia and BBC Stories. We speak to the report’s producer. Plus your reactions to Crossing Divides reports on children who lost their parents in terror attacks going into prisons to meet their murderers. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon

Duration:00:08:58

Your views on the BBC’s funding threat

2/22/2020
The BBC's future funding has been in the headlines, with threats to axe the UK licence fee. We hear your views. Plus, why you need to cast your vote for the BBC’s Women's Footballer of the Year, and a listener is deeply affected by CrowdScience presenter Marnie Chesterton’s account of her battle with cancer. Presented by Rajan Datar. Produced by Howard Shannon.

Duration:00:09:15