Click (radio programme)

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BBC Click logo.png
Other namesDigital Planet, Go Digital
Running time18 minutes
Country of originUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Home stationBBC World Service
TV adaptationsClick (TV programme)
Hosted byGareth Mitchell
Bill Thompson
Ghislaine Boddington
Produced byCathy Edwards, Colin Grant
Recording studioBroadcasting House
Original release2001 (as Go Digital) – present
WebsiteRadio programme website
TV programme website

Click (previously known as Digital Planet and Go Digital) is a radio programme broadcast on the BBC World Service. A sister programme of the same name is broadcast on BBC News and BBC World News television.

The show is presented by Gareth Mitchell. On alternate weeks either Bill Thompson or Ghislaine Boddington comment on items in the programme and discuss them with Gareth. The show, broadcast weekly, covers technology stories and news from around the world.[1]

From 2001-2004, it was presented by Tracey Logan and during that time it was one of the BBC's few webcast programmes, with cameras providing a live feed.

The show was renamed Click on 29 March 2011 to make it easier to recognise its status as a sister programme of TV programme Click, which is broadcast on BBC News Channel and BBC World News. The show's running time was reduced from 28 minutes to 18 minutes. The first broadcast each week is also live, whereas previously it was recorded.[2] The show is now around 27 minutes long.

Show format and topics[edit]

Click covers a wide range of issues affecting technology. Often there are segments on technological solutions to problems facing charitable or humanitarian causes, with a speaker representing the cause being interviewed by Gareth Mitchell. One example is the segment on a screen saver which harnessed the power of idling home PCs to help perform complex mathematical calculations to help cure malaria.

Other topics covered have included:

Usually views sent either by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter or using the BBC News website are read out and discussed briefly by the hosts.

A special pre- and post show session for podcast listeners is produced which cannot be heard by those listening to broadcast radio. The fan club's Prezzi created a special picture for the show, which was framed, delivered and discussed on line, and held a Google Hangout during the show where listeners discussed the show in real time, and engaged with the presenters - see Bill Thompson engaging with the Hangout on Air. Gareth and Bill were interviewed for the Project Kazimierz Podcast in 2015 here


  1. ^ Click Home [1], "BBC IPlayer", October 28, 2017, accessed October 28, 2017.
  2. ^ Titherington, Steve [2], "BBC News", March 29, 2011, accessed April 2, 2011.

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