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Postby Karl » Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:58 pm

I didn't think they had a definite date for the radio shutdown Archie,i must check.............
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Postby Archie » Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:11 pm

Whats happening with Radio 7, they seem to have changed the name to Radio 4Extra - Why :?:

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Postby bob » Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:38 am

As a bit of a radio 4 fan, I think this was to allow them to make greater use of the archive. My own personal interest is BBC Radio Drama and radio 4 used to be excellent at this with several feature length plays broadcast each week, this all stopped around 1995.

When BBC7 came along its aim was to broadcast old radio comedy and drama. Which included Steptoe. In my view the station was too reliant on comedy as much of the drama in the BBC archive cannot be re-broadcast due to rights issues. How sad.

There were a number of Radio 4 programmes that were more factual in content and didn’t fit the original BBC7 remit. They can also save money by broadcasting some stuff that would have ended up on the cutting room floor. They now broadcast an extended version of the Now show, which contains extra bits (crap) not included in the radio 4 broadcast. So a new station was created to allow for this. It is still run by the same team !!!. Personally I think to call it Radio 4 extra is still a bit misleading. They could put that right by bringing back Saturday Night Theatre but they never will.
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