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Talk back to the BBC and challenge the programme makers.

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London, United Kingdom

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Talk back to the BBC and challenge the programme makers.

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English


Episodes

Putting listeners’ questions to the experts

2/17/2024
Crowd Science is the show that takes listeners' questions and puts them to experts. We put some of your views on the programme to one of its presenters Marnie Chesterton and producer Ben Motley. Plus, the BBC WS has announced a change to the way it will be structured in India. Listeners ask what it means for them. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown production for BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:51

Is The Happy Pod the right antidote?

2/10/2024
If news fatigue is getting worse, do we need more podcasts like The Happy Pod? Almost a year since the launch of this weekly good news show, we hear listeners' views on whether it is a welcome antidote and we are joined by the show’s presenter Jackie Leonard. Plus, a listener complains about the unwanted appearance of a trailer in Trending - especially when the programme topic and the subject of the trailer jar. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:52

Did a documentary on football in Paris score?

2/3/2024
The presenter and producer behind Paris: Football’s Greatest Talent Factory, joins us to talk about how they made the documentary and hear listeners’ comments. Staying with the football theme, a listener feels the Asian cup is losing out on coverage to the Africa Cup of Nations because both are running at the same time. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown production for BBC World Service

Duration:00:10:02

Unearthing the stories they don’t want told

1/27/2024
World of Secrets is billed as “the stories they don’t want told”. Series two has turned its attention to exposing the cult of Nigerian prophet TB Joshua. We hear your views and we are joined by the series’ presenter and producer. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown production for BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:46

Listeners respond to the boss of BBC World Service English

1/20/2024
The New Year saw us broadcast our annual “ask the controller” special edition in which the boss of BBC World Service English, Jon Zilkha, answered a number of comments and questions. But were listeners satisfied with what they heard? We hear your follow-up feedback. Plus, listeners give us their thoughts on the World Service’s sports output. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon. A Whistledown production for BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:48

The Reith Lectures: A tradition since 1948

1/6/2024
The Reith Lectures are an annual tradition, started in 1948 by the BBC’s first director general. In a special edition, we hear your thoughts on the programme, and we’re joined by the man who gave this year’s address. We also talk to the BBC executive who commissioned it. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:53

Ask the BBC World Service English controller 2023

12/30/2023
In a specially extended edition, we have Jon Zilkha, the controller of BBC World Service English, in the studio to answer listeners’ questions about what they’ve heard on the World Service in the past year. Some are happy - others feel there’s work to be done! Topics include news coverage of the Middle East conflict, proposed schedule changes and the BBC’s long-term finances. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon. A Whistledown production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:26:28

A listener’s radio diary on World Questions

12/16/2023
Listener power strikes again! Following an invitation from Gilbert Banda from Zambia on this programme earlier in the year, World Questions has just been broadcast from Zambia. We asked Gilbert to record his own radio diary and go behind-the-scenes to report on what it is like when the BBC World Service comes to his home city of Lusaka. Plus, a listener asks if an edition of The Real Story on right-wing populism in Europe meant to miss out Britain? Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown production for BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:00

Is news fatigue something you worry about?

11/18/2023
We hear listeners’ thoughts on the BBC World Service’s reporting of the ongoing events in the Middle East. We ask if the war in Ukraine really has dropped out of the news headlines and discuss the issue of “news fatigue” with the head of journalism at World Service English, Simon Peeks. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon. A Whistledown production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:08:58

Do listeners enjoy World Service's arts programmes?

11/11/2023
We examine arts programming on the BBC World Service as we talk to the teams behind two of its long-running shows: In the Studio and The Cultural Frontline. Do you enjoy these arts series? Or does arts programming in general leave you cold? Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon. A Whistledown production for BBC World Service

Duration:00:08:58

Listeners's feedback on reports of the Israel-Gaza conflict

10/28/2023
As much of the world’s attention remains focussed on events in the Middle East, we hear more of your feedback on the BBC World Service’s coverage. Plus, Africa’s Urban Future with Mike Wooldridge has been exploring the opportunities and challenges of breakneck development in that continent. We speak to him and hear your comments on the series. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon. A Whistledown production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:08:58

Reporting the Middle East

10/14/2023
The past week’s unprecedented violence between the militant group Hamas and Israel have once again thrown the spotlight on the difficulties and challenges of reporting on the Middle East. Listeners share their thoughts on how the BBC World Service has reported the deadly events. We ask the BBC’s director of news content, Richard Burgess, about the use of language and the pressures news programmes face in handling a fast-moving story. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon. A Whistledown production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:08:59

Advanced medical science and irregular migration

10/7/2023
The Evidence invites scientists and experts to explore issues that are the focus of advanced medical science in the world today. A recent edition looked at something that affects millions of us: allergies. We are joined by the programme’s host Claudia Hammond. Plus, how Business Daily tackled the issue of irregular migration in Europe through the lens of finance. Its reporter Frey Lindsay is in the studio. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:08:59

The challenges of telling a personal tragedy

9/30/2023
My Indian Life is a podcast that celebrates being young in India today and features a Bollywood star as its presenter. But a recent edition was different: it was about a pioneering female mountain climber who died tragically before the programme could be broadcast. We hear your feedback and the show’s producer talks about striking the right editorial tone. Plus, a listener says she misses not being able to bookmark programmes in BBC Sounds after first hearing a trailer. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown production for BBC World Service

Duration:00:08:58

History as told by the people who were there

9/23/2023
It is history as told by the people who were there. We hear listeners’ views on Witness History and its editor joins us to explain how subjects are chosen. Plus, why do podcasts contain trailers for other programmes? And how an edition of Heart and Soul that told the story of a guard at Guantanamo Bay proved so insightful. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon. A Whistledown production for BBC World Service

Duration:00:08:58

Explaining Puerto Rico as America's 51st state?

9/9/2023
A recent edition of The Explanation asked “Could Puerto Rico become America's 51st state?” We hear your feedback on this series and the show’s presenter Claire Graham gives us her explanation of how news stories such as this are chosen. Plus, listeners query if the World Service is striking the right balance on coverage of US politics and also ask if a recent edition of Crowd Science was just too far-fetched to understand. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown production for BBC World Service

Duration:00:08:59

A success for the women’s international game?

9/2/2023
The recent women’s football World Cup has been widely hailed as a success for the international game. We hear your thoughts on the BBC’s coverage. Plus, a listener asks if there’s a place for sports reporting in a serious news show. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon. A Whistledown production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:08:59

Explaining a solutions-focused documentary

8/25/2023
A documentary recently told the story of a 14-year-old American schoolboy who is on a mission to prevent billions of batteries going into landfill. We hear your feedback on this positive, solutions-focused programme, and the show’s presenter and producer join us to explain the process of working with young people. Plus, we hear some initial reaction to the World Service's coverage of football's Women's World Cup. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:08:59

A journey into space with The Lunar Exploration

8/19/2023
The documentary The Engineers: Lunar Exploration, examined how some of the world’s leading space agencies are working on a project to put astronauts on the moon within two years. We hear what listeners think of this journey into space - and we speak with the programme’s producer about the challenges of making complex science technology understandable. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon. A Whistledown production for BBC World Service

Duration:00:08:58

A show united by a common passion or experience

8/12/2023
The Conversation sees two women from different parts of the world, united by a common passion, experience or expertise, tell the stories of their lives. We hear your feedback on this long-running series and ask its host Kim Chakanetsa what she hopes the male audience gets from the show. Plus, we have a response for a listener about coverage of the Women’s Football World Cup. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown production for BBC World Service

Duration:00:08:58