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BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?

Anne Lister 20 Feb 09 - 03:45 PM
John MacKenzie 20 Feb 09 - 04:11 PM
Anne Lister 20 Feb 09 - 04:32 PM
Georgiansilver 20 Feb 09 - 05:02 PM
Anne Lister 20 Feb 09 - 05:52 PM
GUEST, topsie 20 Feb 09 - 06:10 PM
Georgiansilver 20 Feb 09 - 06:21 PM
Surreysinger 20 Feb 09 - 08:15 PM
Anne Lister 21 Feb 09 - 04:28 AM
VirginiaTam 21 Feb 09 - 06:26 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 21 Feb 09 - 06:35 AM
Anne Lister 21 Feb 09 - 07:05 AM
Folkiedave 21 Feb 09 - 09:52 AM
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Anne Lister 21 Feb 09 - 11:09 AM
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Subject: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 03:45 PM

Just wondering if anyone in this supremely well-informed gathering knows who I should address correspondence to, with a view to getting some feature coverage for my music on Woman's Hour? I'd rather have a name, if a name is to be had, rather than just address myself to the programme! By all means send me the message via PM if there are any questions of etiquette or privacy involved!

Thanks ...

Anne


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 04:11 PM

Go to the Woman's Hour web site. bbc.co.uk/womanshour I think.

John


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 04:32 PM

I have done, John - there's none of that kind of information on there! I've also searched on line generally and consulted various "Writer's Market" books. Not as simple as I'd hoped! And there seem to be different producers each day (see, I've been listening, as well).

Anne


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 05:02 PM

Womans Hour home page.
There is a Contact link on the page.
Best wishes, Mike.


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 05:52 PM

Yes, Mike, there is, but it only gives an email address and what I'm really looking for is a name so that I can send in a CD. I have been through the BBC website fairly thoroughly, and can't find what I'm looking for there. As a last resort I'll send an email, but I'd much rather know (from someone who knows) a name to be addressing.

I do appreciate your help, though!

Anne


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 06:10 PM

As you've noticed that there are different producers it might be worth noting the name of the producer on days when there is an interesting music item. The producer is likely to have an email address consisting of their name in some form followed by @bbc.co.uk - so you might find it by trial and error.


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 06:21 PM

Surely it would pay to send the e-mail asking who it should be sent to... from the horses mouth so to speak. Best wishes, Mike.


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Surreysinger
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 08:15 PM

Well speaking for myself I used the email address on their page as the only contact details I could find, and sent them a suggestion that they should consider something about Lucy Broadwood in view of her 150th birthday anniversary back in August last year ... I might just as well not have bothered. The email was sent off, with a request on my part for details of who to contact if that was not the correct email address .... and I never had any reply whatsoever... I was NOT impressed. And I do agree Anne, that trying to find any contact details is like trying to pull hen's teeth!!!!! (If you do find out in due course - I'd love to know as well)
Irene


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 04:28 AM

Because I guessed Irene's experience might well be the result, I didn't think an email would be the way to go in this case, although I'll give it a go. I suppose when I asked my original question I was hoping someone here would have some personal (successful) experience and could help directly, because finding the website and looking at it was of course the first thing I did.
If anyone reading this thread does actually know who I might contact I'd be very grateful for the information ...oh, and as Irene works with Ralphie I'm guessing that Ralphie can't help in this case!

Anne


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 06:26 AM

Tabster
I wonder if there are live people there to deal with email enquiries? They must get thousands. Probably some poorly paid little middle aged woman who is off sick indefinitely. And she does it for the entire BBC.

I am having the same issue regards getting a personal contact for BBC TV 1 Who Do you Think You Are programme. I do stats for the Essex Record Office and I want to compare viewer ratings with Record Office usage. The only contact info is useless email.

Good luck. Please let us know how you get on. I want to imitate.


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 06:35 AM

I know she's a presenter and not a producer but do you think getting in touch with Jenni Murray and just asking her whom to contact would do any good? She's been there for donks and must know Everybody. She's also presented a number of the music slots and might be sympathetic. If she likes the idea you're pitching, maybe she might lend some influence...? Worth a try?


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 07:05 AM

Bonnie - yes, if I can contact her directly!
And VT - sounds as if you need to talk to one of the researchers on the programme ideally ...My husband has been through the process of discovering the names of various people responsible for some programmes he was in when he wanted to use a few clips on his video showreel, so I'll ask him later how he found out who to talk to.

Anne


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Folkiedave
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 09:52 AM

Email them - say you have recorded some of their material off the radio and you are intending to broadcast in a programme on your local radio.

Ask if they mind.

Guarantees a reply within the hour!!

Dave


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 10:12 AM

When I worked in Children's Television, bright 9-year-olds hadn't the slightest difficulty in getting through on the dog'n'bone to the gallery during live transmission seconds after a presenter had made some sort of gaffe:

[Like 'don't you know Canberra, not Sydney, is the capital of Australia?]

Don't quite know what goes on behind the glass in radio these days (possibly they only take calls that generate revenue), but I find it quite puzzling that grown people are having so much trouble in contacting Woman's Hour.

Emailing the editor Jill Burridge at the obvious address would seem most straightforward approach if you can't be arsed to negotiate Audienceline. Though I would point out that she is singularly averse to PR promo blagging and is strong on topicality and sound editorial content.

Personally, I have never had the slightest problem with Woman's Hour (though can scarcely say the same for some other production offices) either in pitching ideas or in seeking further information about a broadcast.


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 11:09 AM

Thanks, Diane ... I'm not sure if what I'm thinking of would rate as high (or low) as PR promo blagging! As to "grown people having so much trouble" ...the point to my original question was quite simply that rather than sending an email to an unidentified individual via the BBC website, or sending a package to an unnamed person I wondered whether anyone here knew of a name to try. Different days of the week have had different names attached to them and for those of us unaccustomed to pitching ideas it's not at all obvious. I'm glad you know the ropes and that you're prepared to add to the thread.
I'll let you all know if I succeed!

Anne


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Surreysinger
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 05:33 PM

I have to say that having had another go at negotiating the BBC website again today after reading your message Anne, it is a very muddy track ... I did manage to find one item (I think under the "contact us" banner )suggesting that if you had an idea for programme content (specifically quoting Woman's Hour) go to the programme page and "send us an email" - exactly what I found when I was looking the last time. Being used to believing that if that's what I've been instructed to do then that's the acceptable route, that is what I did "as a grown person". However, the BBC site is less than helpful in indicating who you are approaching by this means, or indeed if there _is_ a correct address. Obviously it helps if you have a name to fix onto, or some knowledge of the system.

I've just gone back on to the home page for the programme - the "About Us " section features past and present presenters, but I haven't yet found any mention anywhere of the producers of the programme, so it's interesting to find a specific name to latch onto - thanks for that Diane.


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Feb 15 - 03:18 PM

Hi

There was a singer, I guess about 4 weeks ago, Jo I thinks was her first name and she sang the Broadchurch theme - Can you tell me her full nsme please.


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 23 Feb 15 - 03:56 PM

Dear Guest
I'm guessing you need to contact Woman's Hour, but as this thread is asking the question of how it's done it's not really going to turn up an answer for you.

All best wishes.


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 23 Feb 15 - 04:51 PM

Anne, I assume you never made contact


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 23 Feb 15 - 05:14 PM

Blimey 'guest'. Could you give us some clues about what you've managed to google already?
Could it be Laura Doggett?
Sorry, you'll need to copy and paste this :
http://www.itv.com/news/west/update/2014-12-16/watch-full-interview-with-laura-doggett-singing-star-of-the-new-broadchurch-trailer/


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 23 Feb 15 - 05:25 PM

'Guest'.... and googling "woman's hour" broad church
Found http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04xn99p try at about 28minutes.


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 23 Feb 15 - 06:20 PM

Sandra - I had a very impersonal email reply at one stage, saying that if they were interested they'd contact me. I have no idea what it takes to make them interested as they seem to feature many people with less of a claim to be interesting than me ... recently I suggested they might want to take note of the Anonyma reunion tour, featuring two of us in our early sixties hitting the road again after a lengthy gap while (out of sheer synchronicity) having both signed up for doctoral studies, and with a good track record behind each of us of past performances and songwriting successes .... Nope. Trying not to take it personally, but it's tough to be ignored for decades!


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Subject: going back to work
From: GUEST
Date: 18 May 15 - 05:23 AM

My husband was made to retire at 60 from the BBC . He was not ready to do so . He was successful and productive. As a result he suffered a break down and his confidence was shattered. It has ruined our lives. The only thing people can suggest is charity work. But that does not have the same disciplines and cutting edge nature of working in a commercial organisation.
The lack of really intense interaction with colleagues and clients has been lost.
Most of our contacts are with people our age or older.
I think you should dedicate one of your programmes to the devastation caused by enforced retirement and the lack of opportunities to work in that age group. Many of us are capable productive , intelligent and capable of hard work.


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: GUEST,Ginny Vere Nicoll - Feel Good Books
Date: 31 Dec 15 - 01:07 PM

Anne - I have found all the above of great interest, as I also have been trying to find a 'name' in 'Woman's Hour' to contact, rather than a faceless email box which has little chance of being read let alone being answered! Whatever anybody says you do need a living soul, in the right department, to relate relevant info to. Have just finished v busy marketing period with new book so I'll have another go, through business contacts in the New Year, - and will let you know if I make any progress! I have seldom come across such a useless and unhelpful contact site as put up by Woman's Hour.
Happy New Year to everybody and may 2016 bring perhaps a little of what you might wish for!
Ginny


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 31 Dec 15 - 03:24 PM

They have a Twitter presence:

https://twitter.com/bbcwomanshour


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Feb 17 - 05:06 PM

mavis.knott37@btinternet.com. My book Another Spring by Mavis Mary Knott is a light hearted, poetic, photographic, autobiographical journey through the seasons about a successful Myeloma medical research patient. (Fourteen years since diagnosis 22 February) Fit, well and stable on Revlimid, the medication I trialled at Kings, London and now available to patients on NHS. Full of hope, colour and promise and inspiration for newly diagnosed patients, family and friends - or to whom it may concern. With appendix of medical details. Available on www.mrtns.uk/anotherspring.
Myeloma is a rare but increasing bone marrow cancer. I wondered if it would possible to Review the book to reach newly diagnosed patients with hope. Yours sincerely Mavis M Knott


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 02 Feb 17 - 06:49 PM

Mavis, I don't think you've read this thread properly. I'm sure your book is great, but this isn't the right forum to get it reviewed.


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Subject: RE: BBC Woman's Hour ...who to contact?
From: Thompson
Date: 03 Feb 17 - 01:49 AM

Jenni Murray is on Twitter (@whjm) but she has 34,000 followers, so a tweet may get lost in the rush. So are producers @anne_annep and @HelenFitzhenry and documentary maker @joeyfornow


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