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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 October 2007, 17:17 GMT
Frequently Asked Questions

When is the programme broadcast?

The Westminster Hour goes out on Sundays on BBC Radio 4, from 10-11pm. If you miss the programme, or any of the interviews and features in it, you can catch up with them here on our website.

Where is the programme broadcast from?

We normally broadcast from the BBC studios at Westminster, within a stone's throw of the Houses of Parliament.

Who have you interviewed?

In over 500 programmes, we have interviewed most members of the Labour cabinet, including Tony Blair twice.

We have also interviewed most Conservative and Liberal Democrat spokespeople, as well as the Northern Ireland and Nationalist party leaders and heads of the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

How many people listen to The Westminster Hour?

The latest figures from RAJAR, which measures radio audiences, show that just over 700,000 people listen to the programme each week. The Political Studies Association recently named The Westminster Hour Political Programme of the Year.

What is the Sunday Supplement?

It's the last 15 minutes of programme, intended to provide a change of pace from the rest of the show. In this slot, we have had features such as the former Tory MP Gyles Brandreth explaining his rules for budding politicians, Clive Anderson recalling great political protests and the comedian Marcus Brigstocke assessing who's funny in the Commons.

When is the website updated?

We aim to put all the new items on the website within an hour of the programme coming off air at 11pm on Sunday nights, though sometimes the material is available quicker.

I am having problems listening to an interview or report. What shall I do?

Do not despair! You can find help about listening to audio files and details of the software you need on the BBC Radio audio help page

Can I listen to the programme when I am not in the UK or within reach of a radio?

Yes, The Westminster Hour is streamed live as it is broadcast. Then, at 11pm, the audio service goes back to providing the previous week's programme for just a few minutes, before re-loading the whole of the show that's just been broadcast.

Do you provide transcripts?

Unfortunately we do not have the resources to transcribe all our programmes. For major interviews, these are sometimes available and we do highlight this on the website.

When there are no transcripts available, is there any other way of being able to hear an old interview or feature?

Most interviews and features broadcast since June 2004 are available on the website, together with some older features. These can be found using the "search" facility on the top right hand side of the page.




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