Click (radio programme)
|Other names||Digital Planet, Go Digital|
|Running time||18 minutes|
|Home station||BBC World Service|
|TV adaptations||Click (TV programme)|
|Producer(s)||Cathy Edwards, Colin Grant|
|Recording studio||Broadcasting House|
|Air dates||since 2001 (as Go Digital)|
|Website||Radio programme website
TV programme website
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 in the studio to provide a live feed.
The show was re-branded as Click from Digital Planet on 29 March 2011 to connect it with sister TV programme, Click, which is broadcast on BBC News Channel and BBC World News, and the broadcast length changed from 28 minutes, with first airing on Tuesdays at 12:30 GMT, to a live 18 minute broadcast at 18:30 GMT.
Show format and topics
Click covers a wide range of issues affecting technology. This can vary and cover many different areas, although 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, among others:
- Modern plane technology
- The problems faced with smartphone set up
- Blu-ray Disc vs. HD DVD
- The use of open source software around the world
The hosts Bill and Gareth have a special pre- and post show session for Podcast listeners which cannot be heard by the radio audience. The fan club created a Prezzi, created a special picture for the show, and 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
- Titherington, Steve , "BBC News", March 29, 2011, accessed April 2, 2011.