Radio 4: give us news not fluff at women's rush hour

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Support this petition if you think BBC Radio 4 should put on a decent current affairs programme during the "women's rush hour".  Every day millions of women drive to pick up their children from school.  A few men do this too, but 2pm to 3pm is still primarily the "women's rush hour". 

What does Radio 4 put on during this high intensity hour?  Soaps and drama programmes. At 3pm, there's a quiz, or a food programme, or the crazy Friday funfest that is Gardener's Question Time.  No serious news.  Not a single second of current affairs.  Just light entertainment.

The "big" rush hours in the early morning and evening, when the men travel, get big, serious news coverage.  The Today programme. PM.  Highly paid presenters doing serious interviews with powerful people.  These are the busiest times of day and Radio 4 pulls out all the stops to give good journalism.  I think Today and PM are great programmes.  But I want to throw my radio out of the window when I do an afternoon school run and have to listen to fluff.  Why does Radio 4 think the women's rush hour deserves so much less effort?  Why are we getting canned light entertainment instead of live current affairs?  Does the BBC think women are just not interested in the news?  Drama and soaps have their place, but not at rush hour.

Radio 4 should move its World at One programme to the school rush hour, and give women something interesting to listen to.  Many of us really don't give a stuff about the best place to plant petunias.  We do care about what's happening in the world.

If you agree that the good women (and men) of the school run deserve more than fluffy light entertainment on their drive, please support this petition! 



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