• News Feeds
Page last updated at 11:48 GMT, Saturday, 5 January 2013

As voice of Listen with Mother dies, what place for kids' radio?


The radio presenter and actress Daphne Oxenford, has died at the age of 93.

She is known to millions as the voice of the iconic BBC children's radio programme Listen With Mother.

In the age of the internet, when children have access to a wealth of online activity, and when children's TV offers a wide range of educational and entertainment programmes, do we still need children's radio?

Matt Deegan, Station Manager for radio the station Fun Kids thinks we do. He says: "Over a hundred thousand kids listen to Fun Kids each week. Some of them listen to it on Digital, over the internet, mobile phones and the radio, which is a natural evolution."

Cressida Cowell, a children's author says "you naturally pick up adult listeners because there's a natural slot - you can't drive your car and check your Facebook at the same time."

She believes children don't necessarily need children's radio because she says "my children are growing up with John Humphrys arguing with politicians in the background, they're not listening actively, but they're growing up with it in the background, so as they grow up they then naturally turn it on."

Ms Cowell concludes that "radio is a unique medium, which is particularly suited to intellectual thought and political discussion."

Get in touch with Today via email , Twitter or Facebook or text us on 84844.


Story Tools


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific