March 24, 2014
Congratulations are in order for BBC Radio 5 Live, who will be celebrating their 20th birthday this week. The station first broadcast on the 28th of March 2004 – and today, the station sits comfortably around the middle of the UK’s top ten “radio stations with the most listeners”, boasting a healthy audience of 6.3 millions listeners per week. (RAJAR figures ending December 2013).
Although primarily known for its sport coverage, 5 Live has also built a reputation for its impressive news service – winning gold in the Sony Radio Awards for its reporting on the 2004 tsunami.
5 Live has grown to include a diverse range of content, including live news, phone-ins, in-depth interviews, and of course live sports commentary. In many ways the station can be seen as a pioneering UK broadcaster. From the outset, it featured a more informal, natural presentation style that was rarely heard on other BBC stations at the time. The success of this comfortable, engaging tone was later adopted by other stations, and has arguably gone on influence the delivery of BBC news in general. The station has also made the most of digital broadcasting possibilities with the launch of its sister station, 5 Live Sports Extra, as a DAB service in 2002.
In late 2013, the Birmingham School of Media was delighted to have a visit from BBC 5 Live presenter Rachel Burden, who co-hosts the weekday breakfast show with Nicky Campbell. Rachel took a tour of the University’s new Parkside radio facilities in Digbeth, Birmingham, and kindly spoke to second year BA radio students about her career path and role at 5 Live. She also offered her top 3 tips for becoming a successful presenter, which aspiring broadcasters can view in the video below.
One’s twenties are known as a defining decade in adulthood – where identity and values are established and a sense of purpose is developed. BBC 5 Live enter theirs from a strong position and seem set to most the most of them – from fittingly impressive, state-of-the-art studios at Salford’s Media City. Many happy returns…
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