Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Your humble blogger sets the 5live agenda.

This morning Simon Mayo used Twitter to ask for questions for the new BBC head of sport, Barbara Slater. I sent in the following:

question for Barbara Slater "will the BBC try to get the Ashes coverage back in time for the next series, and if not why not?"

It was the first up on the programme, and got a 2 1/2 minute answer: the section starts about 1:39:45 in on this link. Mayo himself followed it up with several supplementaries. The answer is going in the right direction, but I wasn't happy with the fact she wouldn't commit herself to securing the Ashes for free TV. Anyway, it set the agenda for the first 6 minutes or so of the interview, so three cheers for Twitter.

She agreed with the point I've made elsewhere that the viewing figures for the ashes were dismal, compared to when it was free to air. But kept couching it in terms of choices between competing sports. I guess that's fair enough, but it's also a choice between sports and other stuff.
(...and if it wasn't for Iplayer, I wouldn't know any of this, having missed the programme! )

It sets me wondering about using Twitter though: it'd be an interesting way to organise our preaching. More people listen to phone-ins and live interviews than straight lectures, so if our teaching/reflection was more this style, would more people engage with (and contribute to) it?

Meanwhile Lets have the next Ashes on free TV!


  1. Nice one! Have you now found a new campaign to follow on from your SPCK success!?

  2. We did something like that during our 'Open House' 4 week topical series aimed more at outsiders and visitors. During the talk, we had a phone number on the screen to text your questions and comments in to.

    Even better, we used one of our own numbers and got a few questions that way. Might do it again when we do another Open House later in the autumn.

    Keeps the conversation going which can't be bad.

  3. Congratulations David on keeping the Ashes campaign going.

    Regarding your last point: my concern is that too much radio is given over to phone-ins which in general shed a lot of heat but not much light. Contributors rarely listen to one another or reflect on the arguments. Radio 5 Live is a particular culprit and I am left wondering if it isn't just cheap broadcasting.

  4. CM- by this stage the Dave Walker facebook group had getting on for 200 members, so I wouldn't call this one a 'success'. However, a few links from other blogs could make all the difference..... ;-)

    Gary - was at a session at Spring Harvest where they did this, pretty good. May try it in one of our cafe services. The trouble is, once people have their phones on, they may start texting other people too, and then we've lost 'em!

    Philip - quite possibly, though in my defence this was an interview, with tweeters and texters supplying the questions for Simon Mayo to use. And I could say the same about a lot of blogging, though obviously not the folk commenting here!!!

  5. Thanks for the response David. I wasn't criticising the sort of phone in / text in you were involved in and Simon Mayo is excellent at avoiding the pitfalls; my concern is the general trend represented by the 5Live 9am and late night phone ins. Gary's example is very creative and I'm sorry I missed the session at Spring Harvest where this happened as it sounds like a very interesting process. I'm leading a training day on preaching in a couple of weeks and might explore something along these lines and see how it works.