|Other names||Click, Go Digital|
|Running time||18 minutes|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Home station||BBC World Service|
|Hosted by||Gareth Mitchell|
|Produced by||Cathy Edwards |
|Recording studio||Broadcasting House|
|Original release||2001 (as Go Digital) – present|
Digital Planet (previously known as Click and Go Digital) is a radio programme broadcast on the BBC World Service presented by Gareth Mitchell. On alternate weeks either Bill Thompson or Ghislaine Boddington comment on items in the programme and discuss them with Mitchell. The show, broadcast weekly, covers technology stories and news from around the world.
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 the TV programme Click, which is broadcast on BBC News and BBC World News. The show's running time was reduced from 28 minutes to 18 minutes. In the episode aired 1 May 2019, the show announced that it had renamed itself back to Digital Planet.
Show format and topics
Digital Planet covers a wide range of issues affecting technology. The first broadcast each week is also live (at 20:30 UK time on a Tuesday evening), whereas previously it was recorded. The show is now around 27 minutes long. Often there are segments on technological solutions to problems facing charitable or humanitarian causes, with a speaker representing the cause being interviewed by 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:
- Modern plane technology
- problems with smartphone set up
- Blu-ray Disc vs. HD DVD
- The use of open source software around the world
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 Thompson engaging with the Hangout on Air. The presenters were interviewed for the Project Kazimierz Podcast in 2015 here