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What long running BBC radio 4’s daily magazine programme is LNWH a spin off of?

Woman’s Hour


How often is LMWH broadcasted?

Once a month


Who is the presenter, and guests?

Lauren Laverne and a number of female panellists.


When was Woman’s Hour first broadcasted?



What historical and social shifts have occurred since 1940s?

Rising expectations about lifestyle, demands for space (houses), end of major wars, women affected by their roles during wars, most families listened to the wireless for entertainment.


What does the original show possibly reflect?

Tokenism- a show set aside for women might imply all other radio content was oriented towards men.


What sort of discussion occurs in LNWH?

Frank and open discussion.


What does LNWH demonstrate?

Societal shifts and increased gender equality, although some issues raised reflect that society is not yet completely equal.


How does LNWH inform, educate and entertain?

Relevant themes are discussed, not a typical title for current BBC (they aim to not segregate genders), informs of current issues and topics, discussion of new topics to educate and is entertaining due to some light conversation.


How does the use of license fee funding lead to financial considerations of commercial radio?

Because license fee funding can lead to a solely “niche” audience making it unsuitable for commercial radio.


What are the only contributors to the broadcast?

Female contributors.


What sort of dialogue is LNWH mostly made up of?

“Unadorned” which is without music, sound effects etc.


What sort of vocabulary is used to explore the topic?

Intellectual and specialised vocabulary.


Why might purely commercial institutions be less likely to produce similar products?

Public Service Broadcasting programmes to benefit audience / commercial institutions driven by profit (this might not be a “huge profit” show but inspires institution loyalty and dependability for original content)


How does the broadcast offer ways to explore changes to radio industry in relation to digital tech?

Switch from analogue FM radio to digital audio broadcasting (DAB), podcasting, listening on digitally convergent platforms e.g. computers and smartphones.


How would the 11 p.m. broadcast timeslot limit audience share prior to DAB?



How can audiences listen how they want?

Download podcasts, listen on devices other than radios, broadcast air time less significant.


How does the DAB technology offer broadcasters more freedom?

Late night slot (after watershed) freedom to make challenging/ controversial content knowing it can still reach audiences.


Why is Lauren Laverne an interesting host for a radio 4 broadcast?

more readily associated with alt music (career as musician, links with Radio 6, BBC music festival coverage).


what similar female radio presenters does the BBC have?

Kirsty Young Desert Island Discs (background in news reading), Lauren appeals to both young and old.


what might Lauren's relative youth and reputation for being outspoken and irreverent be seen as?

A deliberate attempt to court relative controversy (compared to other Radio 4) bad language and content in some episodes.


How is Laverne similar to how Male radio presenters dominate their broadcast?

The show designed specifically for her to interview people , her personality (harsh accent) is obvious.


What idea does LNWH challenge?

Curran and Seaton: the media is controlled by a small number of companies driven by logic of profit and power.


How does LNWH subvert Curran and Seaton?

Whilst BBC is large and significant company, PSB and license fee frees BBC producers from pressure to generate profit, content can be chosen freely.


Which Curran and Seaton theory does LNWH (even just it being on podcasts) support?

Socially diverse patterns of ownership help create conditions for varied and adventurous productions.


How has life changed for women in the Uk since the 1950s housewife to independence of young women in the 1960s?

Women now have equality thanks to 2nd and 3rd wave feminism, women don't traditionally stay at home (angel in the house).


Why is there an audience for a late night talk show for women and not in the 1940s?

Women work in jobs ore often now, they can get back late especially if they are part of a night shift, 1940s women stayed at home and wouldn't have been up as late.


How can the audience for Radio 4 be categorised?

age, social class and expected levels of education. Normally highly educated, elderly, upperclass audience.


What challenges does LNWH present to the established audience of this channel?

An all female panel, Lauren Laverne (young, alternative and young, nature of content).


What does the gender bias of the show subvert about radio 4?

the traditional male audience, through Lauren, her background and "edgy" content