Over to You

BBC

Talk back to the BBC and challenge the programme makers.

Location:

London, United Kingdom

Networks:

BBC

Description:

Talk back to the BBC and challenge the programme makers.

Language:

English


Episodes

Should disturbing audio from an attack be used?

2/4/2023
US police have yet again been in the spotlight after the killing of a black man in Tennessee. But should the BBC World Service have broadcast audio from the attack itself? Listeners give us their views and we hear from Newshour’s editor. Plus, we hear your feedback on the documentary Iran Protests: Tales from the frontline. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:48

Will the focus remain on Africa?

1/28/2023
Focus on Africa is changing from broadcasting live to being pre-recorded. But will this affect the quality of its reporting and how it reacts to breaking news stories? We ask BBC Africa to explain. Plus what drives technology coverage on the WS? And listeners once again query that old chestnut of background music! Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon. A Whistledown production for BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:00

Was undue prominence given to Prince Harry?

1/21/2023
Prince Harry has had a very public falling out with the British royal family. And he has chosen to air his grievances in a best-selling book.But should his personal opinions have been given such prominence on the BBC World Service? We question a senior news editor. Plus, was the weekly online news quiz too UK-centric? One reader thinks so. Its compiler comes to its defence! Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon. A Whistledown production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:00

Explaining the spooky drama The Dark Is Rising

1/14/2023
An ambitious 12-part radio drama version of the 1970s novel The Dark Is Rising was broadcast across Christmas and New Year, with each episode corresponding to the ‘real time’ of the novel’s unfolding. We speak to the series’ producer and commissioner to reveal how the spooky drama was made and the challenges they faced for the adaptation. What did listeners think of the radio drama? Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown production for BBC World Service

Duration:00:11:26

Listeners’ review of the past year on the World Service

1/7/2023
We begin the first show of the new year with your thoughts on what you heard on the BBC World Service over the past 12 months. What subjects in 2022 caught your attention? And what shows perhaps didn't quite hit the nail on the head? The Inquiry, the Documentary, Outside Source, the Forum and Hardtalk all fall under the spotlight. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown Production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:12:08

Ask the controller 2022: Part two

12/31/2022
BBC World Service English controller Jon Zilkha lays out his vision of how the World Service will develop in 2023, and explains more about how financial cuts and the BBC‘s commitment to a “digital first” approach will affect what you hear. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown production for BBC World Service

Duration:00:11:50

Ask the controller 2022: Part one

12/24/2022
The controller of BBC World Service English, Jon Zilkha, responds to your comments, views and questions - be they favourable or critical, in the first of a two-part special edition of Over to You. It has been yet another tumultuous year all over the world and the BBC World Service’s job has been to reflect that - but also to provide insight and diversion from the current affairs agenda. So how well do you think they are fulfilling that brief? Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon....

Duration:00:10:18

Celebrating 90 years of broadcasting to the world

12/17/2022
This weekend sees the WS celebrates a significant birthday - it’s become a nonagenarian! For 90 years it has been broadcasting in dozens of languages to audiences counted in the tens of millions all over the globe. We hear your memories of your listening experience and what the service means to you. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:00

Carrying out an audit of Business Matters

12/10/2022
We are doing a bit of an audit of Business Matters. How does the programme go about explaining complex business stories in a way that people can understand? Listeners tell us if they think the mix of topics and invited guests is always on the money. Plus, we need your help with your questions for the controller of BBC World Service English. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon. A Whistledown production for BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:13

Discovering what women in Doha have to say

11/26/2022
As the Fifa World Cup in Qatar makes global headlines, the weekly documentary recently set out to discover what women in Doha have to say about their lives in this strict patriarchal society. We speak with the show’s producer and hear your comments. Plus, a listener wants to know why the BBC ran an advert for an oil company ahead of a report in the Global News Podcast on COP27. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon. A Whistledown production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:33

The art of the news interview revealed

11/19/2022
In a special edition, we look into the art of the news interview. Listeners ask if there is perhaps a different way of doing things? Is there too much pre-empting of what an interviewee is about to say? We are joined by one of the BBC’s senior news editors who reveals the secrets of what makes a good question. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown Production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:10:25

How the jazz genre helped give musicians a voice

11/12/2022
The Truth About Jazz explains how this music genre helped forge social attitudes. We hear your feedback and speak to the show’s producer. Plus, last week a listener questioned why warnings ahead of disturbing material are needed. We hear listeners' reactions to this question. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown production for BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:47

The slow brain drain of Nigerian doctors

11/5/2022
The Assignment recently investigated how doctors - many from Nigeria - are being lured to move to the UK, contrary to UN guidelines. We hear listeners’ comments and also from reporter Paul Kenyon about how he made this disturbing edition on what is being called “the brain drain”. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown Production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:00

Explaining the turmoil in British politics

10/29/2022
British politics has been making headlines globally with the country’s third prime minister in only three months. We hear your thoughts on the coverage, including an episode of The Real Story: What’s behind the turmoil in British politics?. W are joined by the BBC World Service’s political correspondent Rob Watson. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon. A Whistledown Production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:10:48

How the Americast team cast their eye on the US

10/22/2022
After taking a break, Americast has returned for a new series with three new presenters - and one from the programme’s previous incarnation. We hear listeners’ thoughts and speak to the team about how they report events in the US. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown Production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:10:47

The long-forgotten 1920s black female sports star

10/15/2022
Untold Legends tells the fascinating story of a long-forgotten 1920s black female tennis and basketball champion Ora Washington. We hear your comments and the producer tells us of the difficulties faced in researching the series. Plus, we continue our debate on why most news interviews do not end with the guest having the final thank you. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown Production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:00

The Music Life debate resumes

10/1/2022
The debate around Music Life resumes as World Service's schedule reverts back to normal after recent events. We hear from listeners who are both complimentary and critical of the series and the show’s producer joins Rajan Datar in the studio to answer the comments. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown Production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:14

More listener reactions to the death of the Queen

9/24/2022
In the second of two special editions, listeners give us their feedback on the BBC World Service’s coverage of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Did they feel the balance and tone was about right during the period of mourning - or was reporting too dominant with other global stories side-lined? We put your points to the controller of BBC World Service English, Jon Zilkha. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon A Whistledown production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:12

The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

9/17/2022
It is more than a week since the BBC World Service broke into its regular schedule of programmes to bring listeners the sad news that Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, had died aged 96. We hear listeners' comments and feedback on how the BBC World Service reported the events. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon. A Whistledown Production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:14

Listeners react to Global Britain after Boris Johnson

9/10/2022
A documentary recently looked at Global Britain after Boris Johnson as he prepared to stand down as UK Prime Minister. Listeners tell us what they thought of this profile. And a listener wonders why do the BBC’s news interviewers so often not thank their interviewees? Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon. A Whistledown production for the BBC World Service

Duration:00:09:14