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Radio Times

Posted in BBC Radio 3, Culture with tags , , , , , on May 30, 2009 by Robin Gosnall


I have just read that Gill Hudson, the present editor of the Radio Times, is to be the new editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest in the UK.

For many years the Radio Times has sunk lower and lower into an abyss in which little of value could survive. I wouldn’t know where to start in describing my contempt for this weekly dose of tittle-tattle about pop stars, soap operas, presenters, would-be singers, actresses and the like.

I have only continued to buy it for a handy check on the Radio 3 schedule – marking up items in advance each week with a red felt pen.

Might a new editor lead to improvement?


This reminded me of a solution to the declining Radio 3 content problem which I heard John Drummond put forward during his time at the BBC. He said that one solution to the increasing demands for space from elsewhere was to remove detailed Radio 3 programme details from the Radio Times altogether and to put them, in an expanded form, in The Listener. What an essential weekly purchase that would have been!

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