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This book is a study of contemporary Radio 4 output, covering the entire broadcast day. Radio is largely neglected by media and cultural studies. The small body of existing work on Radio 4 is predominantly historical, focusing on institutional history, or sociological, focusing on contemporary BBC editorial and journalistic practices. Reading Radio 4, by contrast, analyses contemporary Radio 4 programmes entirely from the point of view of today’s listener. Individual chapters correspond to all existing Radio 4 timeslots in the entire broadcast day of 19 hours 40 minutes, from 5.20am to 1.00am. The study, while academic in approach, aims to promote an informed and critical appreciation of Radio 4 for all listeners, as well as students of the media.

Table of Contents

Frontmatter

Introduction

Abstract
This chapter contextualises at length the interpretation of BBC Radio 4 within Cultural and Media Studies. It argues for a listener-centred, non-sociological approach to radio study.
Macdonald Daly

05.20 Shipping Forecast

Abstract
This chapter analyses at length the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Shipping Forecast’.
Macdonald Daly

05.30 News Briefing

Abstract
This chapter comments briefly on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘News Briefing’.
Macdonald Daly

05.43 Prayer for the Day

Abstract
This chapter offers a reflection on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Prayer for the Day’.
Macdonald Daly

05.45 Farming Today

Abstract
This chapter analyses at length the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Farming Today’.
Macdonald Daly

05.58 Tweet of the Day

Abstract
This chapter comments briefly on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Tweet of the Day’.
Macdonald Daly

06.00 Today

Abstract
This chapter analyses at length the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Today’.
Macdonald Daly

09.00 Round-Table Discussions and One-to-One Interviews

Abstract
This chapter analyses at length the BBC Radio 4 programmes in the 9–9.45 a.m. timeslot, including ‘Start the Week’, ‘Midweek’ and ‘In Our Time’.
Macdonald Daly

09.45 Book of the Week

Abstract
This chapter analyses at length the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Book of the Week’.
Macdonald Daly

10.00 Woman’s Hour

Abstract
This chapter analyses at length the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Woman’s Hour’.
Macdonald Daly

10.55 The Listening Project

Abstract
This chapter analyses the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘The Listening Project’.
Macdonald Daly

11.00 Morning Documentaries

Abstract
This chapter analyses at length the BBC Radio 4 documentaries in the 11–11.30 a.m. timeslot.
Macdonald Daly

11.30 Morning Comedies

Abstract
This chapter analyses at length the BBC Radio 4 comedies in the 11.30 a.m.–12 noon timeslot.
Macdonald Daly

12.00 Home Front/A History of Ideas

Abstract
This chapter analyses at length the BBC Radio 4 programmes ‘Home Front’ and ‘A History of Ideas’.
Macdonald Daly

12.15 You and Yours

Abstract
This chapter analyses the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘You and Yours’.
Macdonald Daly

13.00 The World at One

Abstract
This chapter analyses at length the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘The World at One’.
Macdonald Daly

13.45 Fifteen-Minute Feature

Abstract
This chapter analyses the BBC Radio 4 short features in the 1.45–2.00 p.m. timeslot.
Macdonald Daly

14.15 Afternoon Drama

Abstract
This chapter analyses the BBC Radio 4 dramas in the 2.15–3.00 p.m. timeslot.
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15.00–17.00 Miscellaneous Afternoon Programmes

Abstract
This chapter analyses the BBC Radio 4 programmes in the 3.00–5.00 p.m. timeslots.
Macdonald Daly

17.00 PM

Abstract
This chapter analyses at length the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘PM’.
Macdonald Daly

18.00 Six O’Clock News

Abstract
This chapter comments briefly on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Six O’Clock News’.
Macdonald Daly

18.30 Evening Comedies

Abstract
This chapter analyses at length the BBC Radio 4 comedies in the 6.30–7.00 p.m. timeslot.
Macdonald Daly

19.00 The Archers

Abstract
This chapter comments on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘The Archers’.
Macdonald Daly

19.15 Front Row

Abstract
This chapter analyses at length the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Front Row’.
Macdonald Daly

20.00–22.00 Miscellaneous Evening Programmes

Abstract
This chapter analyses at length the BBC Radio 4 programmes in the 8.00–10.00 p.m. timeslots.
Macdonald Daly

22.45 Book at Bedtime

Abstract
This chapter analyses the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Book at Bedtime’.
Macdonald Daly

23.00 Miscellaneous Late Night Programmes

Abstract
This chapter analyses at length the BBC Radio 4 comedies in the 11.00–11.30 p.m. timeslot.
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23.30 Today in Parliament

Abstract
This chapter analyses the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Today in Parliament’.
Macdonald Daly

The Weekend

Abstract
This chapter analyses programmes specific to the weekend on BBC Radio, including ‘Saturday Live’, ‘Desert Island Discs’, ‘Something Understood’, and ‘Poetry Please’.
Macdonald Daly

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