Slow radio is a good idea, no wonder TV is copying it

Nick Robinson
Nick Robinson Credit: BBC

Radio 4’s Today phoned at 8.20am on Monday. Would I come on at 8.55 to discuss “slow radio”, a Radio 3 programme featuring a four-hour walk through the Welsh borders? I doubt it, I said, but I thought it a good programme idea. Right, he said, we’re trying to get someone from Radio 3 as well. Hmm, I thought, three of us, a Today presenter trying to stir it up between a Radio 3 person and me, all in five minutes. Just what makes me throw the dish mop at the radio.

It turned out to be a four-minute item. No Radio 3 person, just me and Justin Webb. Me reminding him that radio listeners like long programmes, eg, that all-day Harry Potter reading on Radio 7 (now Radio 4 Extra) a few Christmases back...

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