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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 February, 2004, 17:24 GMT
Where does "the news" come from?

The radio newsroom uses a wide variety of news sources. A detailed diary of events at home and abroad is drawn up every morning to alert BBC outlets to some of the major events of the day. The corporation's network of correspondents around the world file copy and voice pieces on stories in their patch. Reputable wire services such as the Press Association in the UK, Reuters and Associated Press among others around the world, provide information on breaking stories. BBC journalists in the Nations and Regions play an important part as do BBC Five Live, BBC News 24 and BBC News Online and other news and current affairs programmes.

Does the way you write stories differ between networks?

The newsroom provides news for BBC Radios 2, 3, 4, Five Live and 6Music each of which have their own particular personality. Newsroom journalists must be adept at tailoring their writing to suit that personality and the duration of the news summary while maintaining balance and impartiality. So take for example a complex but significant story about European Union finance. The BBC Radio 4 Six O'Clock news would probably deal with it at some length running a correspondent package or even two separate pieces. In contrast, the same story might need to be told in two or three tight but clear sentences in a short summary for BBC Five Live.

Can I get a transcript of a news bulletin?

Transcripts of the main bulletins on BBC Radio 4 appear on this site on the day of broadcast. They can be read by accessing the drop-down menu on the front page of this site.

How closely does the Radio Newsroom work with different radio programmes?

The newsroom provides the headlines and main news bulletins for Today, The World At One, PM and The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4 and all the news summaries on BBC Five Live so close cooperation is essential. We also work closely with programmes such as the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 which follow a broad news agenda.

Where is the news broadcast from?

The news for BBC Radio 4 and Five Live is broadcast from the News Centre in West London. The news for BBC Radio 2, Radio 3 and 6Music comes from Broadcasting House in central London.

How many people work in the newsroom?

We have more than 70 staff in total ensuring the news is produced 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Can you tell me about job opportunities/work experience?

All BBC jobs are advertised at BBC jobs website. The site also includes information on careers and trainee schemes within the BBC.

All BBC work experience queries should be directed to: BBC Work Experience, PO Box 27118, London, W12 8ZL Tel: 020 8225 9883 Email: work.experience@bbc.co.uk


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