09 March 2012
BBC Radio 4 has launched The Listening Project, an ambitious new partnership between the network, BBC Local Radio, the BBC’s nati
BBC Radio 4 has launched The Listening Project, an ambitious new partnership between the network, BBC Local Radio, the BBC’s national radio stations and the British Library that aims to capture the nation in conversation.
The Listening Project will invite people across the UK to share an intimate conversation. Some of these conversations will be broadcast by the BBC and curated and archived by the British Library building a unique picture of our lives today and preserving it for future generations.
What people talk about is their choice. Radio 4’s Controller Gwyneth Williams said: ‘I’d like to invite listeners to help us catch, broadcast and archive for the nation those rare exchanges that really matter; those conversations that can change the course of a life; that are utterly memorable; that we have all had and never forget.’
Audiences will also be able to submit their conversations to the BBC through The Listening Project website www.bbc.co.uk/listeningproject where they will also find guidance on how to plan and record conversations. The website launches on 19 March 2012.
Beginning on 30 March, The Listening Project will broadcast edited three-minute versions of conversations on Radio 4 on Fridays, just before the Radio 4 news at 1pm, 5pm and midnight. A 15-minute omnibus edition will air on Sundays at 2.45pm. Beginning on 25 June, five 15-minute specials will air Monday to Friday at 1.45pm. All broadcast conversations will be available online along with a free download of the weekly compendium programme.
The Listening Project will be presented by Fi Glover for Radio 4. BBC national radio stations and BBC Local Radio stations will also be creating their own Listening Project programming. The British Library will also play a key role in The Listening Project – full-length versions of conversations and some of the online uploaded conversations will be stored at the library to be preserved in perpetuity as part of the nation’s oral history.
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