Analysis (radio programme)

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Running time30 mins (Monday)
Country of originUK
Home stationBBC Radio 4
Created byGeorge Fischer
Original release10 April 1970 – present

Analysis is a BBC Radio 4 current affairs programme which has been running for more than 40 years, and is currently broadcast in a half-hour format.


It began in April 1970.[1] The first presenter was Ian McIntyre, who later became Controller of Radio 4 from 1976–78 and of Radio 3 from 1978–87; he left the programme in 1976.

Mark Laity was a senior producer from 1986–88. Caroline Thomson (Chief Operating officer of the BBC since 2007) produced during 1978–81.


Its aim is to examine "the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad",[2] and it covers various topics by means of interviews with academics and experts.

It takes an investigative journalism style and applies this to more global and strategic topics, at national and international levels, looking at the big picture.


In 2000 Analysis won the Political Studies Association 50th Anniversary Award for Outstanding Broadcast Journalism. In the 1970s and 1980s it was regularly presented by and associated with award winning journalist and commentator Mary Goldring.



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