Now you may think what has the BBC got to do with Read of the Month
Its long and illustrious history are fertile territory for a whole range of books
- It was established in 1922 and granted a Royal Charter in 1926. This makes it the oldest national broadcasting company in the world.
- It is the largest broadcaster in the world as far as number of employees.
- It makes a wide range of TV programmes
- It has several national and local radio stations.
- It publishes a weekly TV and Radio guide "The Radio Times"
- It has various in-house orchestras and choir.
It is unlike any other broadcasting company. For this reason many people all around the world tune in to the BBC.
The Read of the Month for March is a book about one of the world's most iconic radio stations; Radio 4. It is one of the few radio stations in the world that is purely a "talk" station;
And now on RADIO 4
The book is informative and interesting; a behind the scenes look at a "national treasure".
Nowadays many of the programmes are easily available due to the popularity of the recent technological evolution of podcasts which has garnered it a global audience.
As well as the current affairs output such as The Today Programme some of Radio 4's programmes which are extremely popular include;
- Desert Island Discs
- More or Less
- In our Time
- Start the Week
Former creative director of Radio 4's documentary unit, Elmes provides a fascinating insight into the workings and history of a truly iconic institution.