The BBC Trust has begun its latest service review, looking at four speech radio stations provided by the BBC, as part of its rolling programme whereby every BBC service is reviewed at least once every five years.
Radio 4 and 4 Extra were last reviewed by the Trust in 2011, and 5 live and 5 live sports extra were reviewed in 2012.
The review will look at how well the radio stations are serving audiences, whether they are delivering high quality, distinctive programmes and content, and whether they are delivering value for money. Audience views are being sought on Radio 4’s provision of news, current affairs, drama and comedy, and its use of digital technology. 5 live listeners are being asked for their views on the quality, range, interactivity and tone of news and sport on the station, and about sports commentary and wider sports coverage.
The review will also look at the future plans of the stations, and whether they are responding effectively to changing audience expectations and listening habits.
BBC Trustee Professor Elan Closs Stephens, lead Trustee for the review, said: “These reviews are a valuable check on how these much-loved stations are doing, whether they are delivering what they should be and whether there’s anything that can be improved. We can only do that with the input of their listeners and I hope everyone will take a few minutes to tell us what they think.
“The way people listen to the radio is also continuing to evolve as technology advances and more people want to listen on the move or on different devices, so we’ll be looking at how well equipped the stations are to respond to this now and in the future.”
Listeners can contribute to the consultation by filling in the online form on the Trust website, and via Twitter, tweeting their views to @bbctrust using the hashtag #trustreview.
The review’s findings will be published in early summer 2015.