If radio is well-guided and informed, it is unmissable

Stephen Hawking 
Stephen Hawking  Credit: PA

Radio executives, BBC and commercial, worry about the future. They have good reason. Count the number of people you see tethered by ear plugs to some small device. The odds are they are listening not to radio but either to streamed music provided by the phone makers or to podcasts. One day soon, the executives foresee, listening to radio as we know it is therefore bound to drop. 

I think they overlook some things about British radio, BBC and commercial, that make nine out of 10 of us still love it. One is the company of favourite presenters, Eddie Mair, Jane Garvey, Nick Ferrari, Ken Bruce, Sue MacGregor and all. Another is the personal pleasure of having complex issues explained in plain language,...

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