Radio 4 has a new programme about blogs and other internets stuff running for the next couple of months. Despite the fact that it has that horrible ‘i’ prefix which really ought to be banned, iPM is actually an interesting radio experiment.
I’m still not fully sure what iPM is. A spin-off of PM, certainly. This is good news because it means it’s presented by Eddie Mair, who surely has the best comic timing of any newsreader in the country.
Perhaps it is a quasi open source-style version of PM. Although the programme goes out on Saturday afternoon, the iPM blog is in action all week asking listeners about ideas. Early in the week rough notes and a draft running order are published, with what members of the production team are thinking about. Further thoughts are posted all week, with listeners engaging in a discussion with the producers.
Maybe iPM is also a bit like Pods and Blogs, but on Radio 4 and at a more sociable hour. Or maybe it isn’t — perhaps I am just keen on making the comparison because Chris Vallance is involved.
You will notice that Chris Vallance is ‘Mr Blog’ according to Eddie Mair. Apparently he was originally going to be Dr Blog. This would have made Chris Vallance a more legitimate Dr V than I am. He might not be a doctor, but at least he is a real V — I’m neither!
Anyway, bloggers may be familiar with Pods and Blogs partly because it is the home of the audio version of the Britblog Roundup. iPM has a neat feature where smart blogger types talk about their favourite bookmarks. And you can embed them as well. Apparently the BBC is beginning to do more of this sort of thing which is encouraging.
|Add iPM Radio 4 – My Bookmarks to your page|
I was asked to give my feedback on the iPM blog a month or so back when it was soft-launched. I’m not exactly sure if I offered much useful help, but I’m happy to have seen that they have implemented a few of my suggestions on the blog.
Best of all, iPM is available in podcast form.