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January 2019



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BBC Rant

I've just been lstening to Sunday Worship on Radio 4. I'm rather a traditionalist and this was the kind of service I would normally expect to dislike; instead, I found it inspiring. So I wanted to find out who the preacher was who spoke so well, and where the service was taking place. Naturally my first port of call was the BBC Radio home page. There followed several minutes' frustration and some **!!%%&&** quite inappropriate to my Palm Sunday mood.

Every time I look at this page it has changed and for the worse. At one time you'd go to the Radio 4 home page, see programmes A-Z, find your programme and the information required. Now, the whole thing is geared to Listen Again and podcasts. Worse, when I clicked on today's programmes, I was told, 'Sorry. No programmes are being broadcast at the moment.'! It took me any number of clicks to find what I wanted (here) and that was from an external link.

I could write to Feedback with my complaints but having heard the patronising response poor old Roger Bolton gets from the BBC producers and execs. to whom he puts listeners' complaints, I don't think there's much point. For this I pay my licence fee.



Snuday Worship

There's some information about the Palm Sunday service on the its iPlayer page. Not much but the preacher's name is shown: the Rev John Macaulay.

Steve Bowbrick, editor, Radio 4 blog

Re: Snuday Worship

I'm glad you read this but my complaint stands: the site is not user friendly, as many listeners will tell you.
Funnily enough, very recently I actually applied for the job of running the Radio 4 website and pointed out in the application how user-hostile it was and how I would change it. Needless to say, I never got a callback.
Ho, I wish you had got the job! See comment above which I've just unscreened.