Today editor Sarah Sands has dismissed claims the Radio 4 news and current affairs programme is “in crisis” after new audience figures showed it had lost 800,000 listeners in a year. Today has 7m listeners, according to the latest RAJAR audience figures covering April to June this year, published yesterday, down from a record 7.82m on the same period last year – a fall of 10.5 per cent.TimelineAugust 2, 2018Alex Salmond hits out at BBC after pro-Scottish independence videos taken off Youtube over use of news excerptsAugust 2, 2018BBC Radio 4 Today programme loses 800,000 listeners after record high last year, new RAJAR audience figures showAugust 1, 2018Former BBC and New Statesman political editor Nyta Mann hailed as ‘uncompromising journalist’ after death aged 51 The BBC put the drop down to a stabilising listenership following a frenetic news agenda last Spring that included a snap general election, the Grenfell Tower fire disaster and terror attacks in Manchester and London.Writing in the Telegraph today, Sands said claims the programme is biased in its coverage of Brexit and that since she became editor in January 2017 she had introduced “soft features” over hard news, were “pressed into service of an easy story:… Read full this story
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