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Read this: Assessing the Delivery of BBC Radio 5 Live’s Public Service Commitments

Summary: X Later, as the BBC concentrated greater resources around its television news channel, BBC News 24, and its website, senior BBC journalists briefed media correspondents that 5 Live's commitment to hard news was being diluted. The circularity of this definition, and the fact that the Corporation and its competitors routinely deploy 'news' and 'current affairs' as if they are common-sense terms and universally understood raises obvious difficulties for those who wish to measure news provision against commitments how can we assess whether the BBC is delivering the supply of news it has promised to deliver if we cannot distinguish news from other types of factual or speech-based programming Fortunately, the language the BBC uses to describe its dedication to news offers additional guidance. - link

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Thursday, 31 January 2019

11:22 PM

A very welcome Assessment of Radio 5, which will doubtless be brushed aside by the BBC (and Ofcom?).
With the exception of a very few slots, it has degenerated into a wishy-washy chat station with screaming jingles and poor diction. We enjoy a plethora of regional and music networks. We should have one radio network for sport (maybe joint with the commercial MW offering) and another for news and information (minmal phone-ins...), something like the best of Sky News and the BBC News Channel. These could be on AM and possibly FM, in addition to digital options. On air, Radio Five lists its multiple platforms - with the notable omission of Medium Wave. Digital reception can be wonderful for those who can receive a stable signal. Medium Wave needs few transmitters to cover most of the UK and is adequate for speech. In the event of a major "event" disabling digital networks, Radio 5 on Medium Wave would be the information medium of choice. There is much to nurture discomfort with the current BBC, but Radio 5 could be reformed with lateral vision and little additional investment, and signpost the future of the BBC.

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