Author Archive for: Roger Bolton
About Roger Bolton
Roger currently presents the ‘Feedback’ programme for BBC Radio 4, and also presented ‘Sunday’, BBC Radio 4’s religious current affairs programme and Channel 4′s ‘Right To Reply’ programme for many years.
Entries by Roger Bolton
It’s been a tumultuous year for the BBC. What with BBC Charter renewal and the government’s proposed “major overhaul” of how the nation’s broadcaster is run and regulated, rumours about the future of in-house production, digital platforms and fears over the practicality of the BBC licence fee – the BBC’s is being forced to articulate it’s […]
Never in the history of broadcasting have so many broadcasters, regulators and politicians alike wanted to consult us, the public. It’s a reflection of what’s at stake. Within five years, the BBC could be considerably smaller than it is now and the licence fee replaced by a levy; ITV may be under the control of some giant US media conglomerate, and Channel 4 could be privatised. So there’s everything to play for and those who […]
Atheism is in crisis, not least because it fails to satisfy human needs. This may seem a questionable statement given the success of the atheist author Richard Dawkins, but it’s beginning to occur to many of his readers that the God of the Old Testament which he so vigorously debunks, is not believed in by most […]
Thirty or even twenty years ago it required a sort of blind faith to believe that serious radio had a future. The majority of consultants beavering away for the BBC, and those who wished to dismantle the Corporation, agreed that the future was a blizzard of television channels. Speech radio would be increasingly irrelevant, the preserve of […]
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Recent blog posts
- Ethics of Journalism December 1, 2023
- Keeping the Faith October 24, 2023
- In Our Time: One Thousand (and one) Radio Programmes September 18, 2023
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