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Radio 5

POST-PYTHON option-weighing-up Eric Idle, then very much the rock scene’s comedian of choice, fills in time by playing at being a DJ and creating a wacky zany show about the BBC launching a threadbare and cash-strapped fifth national radio station full of dull meandering output. This, obviously, could never have happened in reality.

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  1. Glenn A

    July 7, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Actually the BBC did in 1990 when the original Radio 5 was launched with a mixture of sport from Radio 2, educational programmes from Radio 5, regional programmes, some pop music and rebroadcasts of BFBS programmes. It wasn’t that bad, even though audience figures were tiny for non sports programmes, but the BBC weren’t impressed with the dustbin nature of the station and relaunched it as 5 LIve as a rolling talk and sport station with the music and regional oddities removed. From then it has never looked back.

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