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When we moved to Switzerland we bought a Ruark R2 Internet radio and put in a dedicated UK IP VPN precisely so I could listen to Radio 4 and the World Service. I also use similar tech and TuneIn in the car to listen to both. Have been a fan all my life. Even my kids are wild Just a Minute fans.

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When we moved to Switzerland we bought a Ruark R2 Internet radio and put in a dedicated UK IP VPN precisely so I could listen to Radio 4 and the World Service. I also use similar tech and TuneIn in the car to listen to both. Have been a fan all my life. Even my kids are wild Just a Minute fans.

 

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The Afternoon Play today was a poignant look back (it was a repeat) at the abduction, and subsequent discovery of her remains, of Jessica Earl. The mother and father parts were spoken by her parents. Very moving. Can there really be anything worse than loosing a child, in any circumstances.

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Typed Classic FM into the search-bar and came across this thread.....so when the missus is snoring i'll have my headphones on and 99% of the time it'll be Classic FM; it's muted whenever any opera is played (can't stand it)........my old Bush Dac 90 always gets used to listen to TMS on R4 LW (don't bother with R4 any other time)....and during the day/early evening it's Internet Radio for my Heavy Metal/Power Metal fix (Rock Antenne (German & ad free) or La Grosse Radio Metal (French & ad free).

I used to like listening to Genevieve Tudor's Sunday Folk (Radio Shropshire) but it/her seems to have disappeared...ah well.

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I absolutely love BBC radio and think it is worth the licence fee alone. Currently on rotation:

Radio 3 - Saturday am record review

6music - Saturday pretty much all day. Huey Show, Liz Kershaw, Giles Peterson and Craig Charles

Radio 5 Live - European football on weekdays. Miss the live crowd tho.

Radio 2 - the occasional Craig Charles House Party. Used to listen to Sarah Cox’s 80s show but went off it when they changed the presenter and she moved to prime time

Radio 1/1xtra - used to listen to Zane Lowe and DJ Semtex but they’ve both moved onto other stations now

 It’s amazing how you discover new shows, and how you slowly move through the various stations. Definitely in the 6music demographic at the moment!

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42 minutes ago, sjm85 said:

I absolutely love BBC radio and think it is worth the licence fee alone. Currently on rotation:

Pretty clear he doesn't just listen to radio.

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Am I alone then in watching the football on Radio 5 live?  

To me the picture created by the commentators is usually better than the televised version of the match. 

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16 minutes ago, Phil104 said:

Am I alone then in watching the football on Radio 5 live?  

To me the picture created by the commentators is usually better than the televised version of the match. 

My dad has always done that. He's always said the radio commentary of football matches is much better than the TV commentary, so he has the match on the TV on mute while listening to the radio 

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17 minutes ago, Phil104 said:

Am I alone then in watching the football on Radio 5 live?  

To me the picture created by the commentators is usually better than the televised version of the match. 

I would agree with you that radio commentary is always superior to televised commentary, but the point I am making, is that legally, you do not need a licence to listen to BBC Radio

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2 minutes ago, dfk41 said:

I would agree with you that radio commentary is always superior to televised commentary, but the point I am making, is that legally, you do not need a licence to listen to BBC Radio

Yeah I had to check that as I thought that TV licence was needed. I'm sure I remember reading something about it when I bought my first car 20 years ago and researching changing the stereo and there was something to do with the household having to have a TV licence to have a radio in the car. The rules may well have changed since then, but it's a long time ago. I may also be remembering wrong of course, I can't usually remember what I had for lunch the previous day, never mind some research I had done 20 years previously lol 

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I was surprised also, I must have missed the change, no license needed for listening to radio now.

https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs/FAQ102

 

There used to be a radio license, then there was a TV license that covered radio as well. Wikipedia backs this up, what's news to me is that the radio part ceased before I was born, so my "knowledge" of there being a radio license included must just have been my parent's lack of knowledge that it had ceased to exist.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_licensing_in_the_United_Kingdom#:~:text=The radio part was abolished,the iPlayer catch-up service.

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3 minutes ago, ChiefLorenzo said:

Yeah I had to check that as I thought that TV licence was needed. I'm sure I remember reading something about it when I bought my first car 20 years ago and researching changing the stereo and there was something to do with the household having to have a TV licence to have a radio in the car. The rules may well have changed since then, but it's a long time ago. I may also be remembering wrong of course, I can't usually remember what I had for lunch the previous day, never mind some research I had done 20 years previously lol 

I wish the BBC would move to a retail model for all services. I am spending a small fortune on VPN services to watch and listen to UK services over the net. And since BBC fell out with tune-in, I have to use apple CarPlay with a vpn to listen to radio in the car. I’d love to pay the money directly to the BBC, but there is no option to do so.

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3 hours ago, Obnic said:

I wish the BBC would move to a retail model for all services.

They'd never survive, recent public opinion polls showed that. New chairman said yesterday that licence fee will remain until at least 2027. 

I've stopped listening to a lot of radio in recent times because it's all so negative and repetitive. I'm back listening to more music on spotify! My favourite show on radio is Madjid Nawaz's, who I think's brilliant at breaking down debates into the facts.

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On 13/04/2018 at 15:12, dfk41 said:

Absolute Classic Rock all the way......they only have about 100 records so you do hear a few repeats but where else plays Hendrix, Floyd, Zepplin, Purple etc all day long! I did find a Russian station on Tunein Radio that played Floyd 24 hours a day mind you.....must see if I can find it again!

I suspected that you might be a Classic Rock fan. I discovered Planet Rock online in 1999. The irony is that whilst it is a great station they do not broadcast stereo signal on their DAB station, not listening to them in the car. One needs an internet radio to listen in Stereo, which I recently convinced my wife is "a must have" and now this is solved 🙂

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Nice discussion everyone, I enjoyed reading the comments after my post.

I was merely showing gratitude for the excellent radio programming that BBC do. It is funny to me to see people arguing about funding the BBC (and I am not suggesting anyone was raising that in particular), I think it's good to have lively discussion. I know I could actually get it for 'free', but am more than happy to consider it funded through my license. If I had to choose though, I would also be more than happy for it funding the journalism side of the BBC, irrespective of anything else (I could probably start another thread about the importance of the free press). I also find it odd that looking at people reading the metro on the train everyday. It's so important to pay for things you consume, otherwise we end up with the mess of social media and other tech companies that are harvesting our data.

I am going to start another thread about the Reith Lectures, which i just finished listening to the Marc Carney 2020 lectures (lots to discuss!). I was thinking this was considered a 'pod cast' so didn't want to go off-topic in this thread.

If we include podcasts too, the Reith Lectures and Desert Island disc back catalogue make the licence fee even more value for money.

As you can tell, I really can't see why people moan about the BBC. It's easy to see what is wrong, rather than what is right. And listening to radio I think does take a bit of effort.

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1 hour ago, sjm85 said:

As you can tell, I really can't see why people moan about the BBC. It's easy to see what is wrong, rather than what is right. And listening to radio I think does take a bit of effort.

I suspect they don't moan about the BBC, so much as the way it's funded. I'm all in favour of the BBC, just not the funding model. Perhaps I am odd, but It's hard to come to terms with paying for something you may not personally consume.

I find listening to radio takes 50% less effort for me personally, because it's so easy I can do it with my eyes closed. Often I wake up to the Dulcet tones of JHB and later catch the IR of MG in the morning as I make my coffee. I might even think about Zoe Balls recent 1 million a year pay rise (presumably as compensation for the 1m R2 listeners she lost) as I eat my morning gruel and mouldy bread.

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@sjm85 I am trying to understand the points you are actually trying to make. The BBC tv content is paid for through the purchase of a tv licence. If you want to watch most competitors ie Netflix, Sky etc, then you pay an additional amount for the pleasure. The difference is, that is a voluntary act and no one is forcing you. We often refer to the beeb as a National Broadcaster. They certainly used to be, a fact I do not think anyone will argue with. Whether or not you can label them the same way now is open to debate.It seems that in my case, I have no problem in paying for content via other media, and doing that ensures I watch or listen to what I want to. I think the point has been made about funding models. I do not understand why I have to pay the BBC, in order to watch Channel 4.

What I would like, is for the BBC to represent all walks of life as opposed to the narrower based view that they seem to pursue. I would be very sorry to see them disappear and would not want that to happen, but, in order for them to come into the 21st Century, some changes are going to have to take place. Although the law does not require you to pay towards a licence to listen to radio, and the main way any radio station gets revenue is through advertising, then I wonder who pays for BBC Radio? Also, in the digital age, I can see very little point in every TV station having for example, a 24 hour news station. Must cost a fortune to run, especially without advertising revenue......so why bother? 

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1 hour ago, sjm85 said:

gratitude for the excellent radio programming that BBC do.

100% with you on this.

Weekends are all about pottering about the house with 6music on in the background 📻

Also love discovering music through Worldwide Fm and Bandcamp. 

 

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13 hours ago, DavecUK said:

I suspect they don't moan about the BBC, so much as the way it's funded. I'm all in favour of the BBC, just not the funding model. Perhaps I am odd, but It's hard to come to terms with paying for something you may not personally consume.

I find listening to radio takes 50% less effort for me personally, because it's so easy I can do it with my eyes closed. Often I wake up to the Dulcet tones of JHB and later catch the IR of MG in the morning as I make my coffee. I might even think about Zoe Balls recent 1 million a year pay rise (presumably as compensation for the 1m R2 listeners she lost) as I eat my morning gruel and mouldy bread.

angry bbc two GIF by BBC

I could not agree more on the Zoe Ball's part. I change the station every morning just to escape from her.

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