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Radio 4

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Radio 4

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Radio 4

More than just a radio station, Radio 4 is a way of life, a particular view of the world, a haven of gentle intellectualism in a boiling sea of commercial noise. We at ICONS long to be the kind of people who listen to documentaries about bee inspectors whilst doing the ironing (instead of watching Trisha). Reading the daily schedule is like running down a list of icons of English broadcasting: ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’, ‘The Today Programme’, ‘Book at Bedtime’, ‘Woman’s Hour’, ‘The Archers’, ‘Desert Island Discs’, ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’, ‘The Shipping Forecast’, ‘Afternoon Play’, ‘Home Truths’, ‘Just a Minute’, ‘The Moral Maze’. Their programming is incredibly diverse but focuses on the spoken word rather than music; cheekily the BBC refers to it as “intelligent speech” – what does that say about the presenters of their other stations?! They must be doing something right, though – Radio 4 is the second favourite station of the nation.


Your comments

BBC Radio 4 - the one overriding reason not to emigrate to warmer climes!

Janet Suzman

Radio 4 has a reputation for being the radio station of middle-aged middle England, but I think this is completely untrue (OK, perhaps not COMPLETELY... I'm sure a great number of middle-aged middle-Englanders do listen); I and many other people well under middle-age are just as addicted as the oldies! I can't stand the vast majority of radio stations, they mostly play music I have no interest in and are presented by idiots, but I can happily listen to Radio 4 all day (although I must admit I tend to lose interest occasionally when some of the less riveting period dramas or animal migration programmes are on). I feel like I gain something from listening to Radio 4, in fact I'd almost go as far as to say that it improves me as a person, which is a lot more than you can say for the vast majority of broadcast media these days!
Miss D

Radio 4 is indeed an icon, and thus all the more reason to protect it from the programme planners of the BBC. Too often some 'smart-arse' decides to hurtle us all into some God-awful future. Sorry, but we don't wish to go there; we'll let you know when we do.......we prefer evolution to revolution........long live Radio 4 listeners!
Johnathan Oswin

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I believe rice, peas and jerk chicken is an Icon of England.

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