Broadcasting House (radio programme)

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Broadcasting House
Other names BH
Genre Current affairs
Running time 54 minutes
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 4
Hosted by Eddie Mair 1998–2003
Fi Glover 2003–2006
Paddy O'Connell 2006–present
Edited by Joanna Carr
Original release 1998 (1998) – present
Website www.bbc.co.uk/bh
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Broadcasting House is a current affairs programme on BBC Radio 4, presented by Paddy O'Connell. It is broadcast every Sunday between 09:00 and 10:00.

Broadcasting House or BH was launched in 1998.

There is a weekly quiz, with a cryptic sound clue pointing to a news event in the last week. The prize is a spoon, originally a Jam Spoon but now been replaced by a Honey Spoon. The programme makes frequent visits to the BH beehive based in southwest London. The competition was nominated for a Sony Award in 2007.

More serious features include the headlines and current affairs sections, which look at the background to recent news stories. There is also a review of the Sunday papers with guest reviewers. The BBC newsreaders work on a five-week rotation and are as follows: Chris Aldridge, Corrie Corfield, Neil Sleat, Zeb Soanes and Diana Speed.

Broadcasting House's original presenter was Eddie Mair who left the programme on becoming the regular sole presenter of PM in 2003. After a period with no regular presenter, Fi Glover replaced Mair at the beginning of 2004. Matthew Bannister was the first stand-in presenter when Glover went on maternity leave, but on gaining his own new obituary strand on Radio 4, Last Word, most editions of BH in the spring/summer of 2006 were presented by Working Lunch and BBC Three presenter Paddy O'Connell. Glover did not return, instead taking on the Saturday 9am slot with Saturday Live, and on 30 August 2006, O'Connell was named as the new regular host of BH.

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