On November 9 2014 I launched my new BBC radio show: The 5 Live Hit List – in which I chart the nation’s top 40 news stories. It’s a fast and brilliant process – marshalled by my superb producer Husain Husaini and the awesome team at Wired Free. Here’s what I wrote about it for The Telegraph – and here’s how to catch up with the latest programme.
The news agenda for the whole country used to be set by just a few people. These gatekeepers decided what stories were the biggest of the day and the most important. A small group, working across newspapers, radio and TV, dictated how much prominence a story received. They still do, of course, but now they have company: you.
The internet and, more specifically, social media, has increasingly allowed us to channel the news through our own filters; to decide which stories deserve our attention and matter enough to be shared. And it’s precisely this new lawless agenda that my new radio show, The 5 Hit List, seeks to monitor and reflect as I countdown the top 40 news stories shared online and across sites such as Facebook and Twitter from the past seven days in the UK.
It’s the first time a British radio station has created a comprehensive news chart and, crucially, reversed the power structure. Normally producers and presenters have to come up with the items for a programme. That’s their power – to decide what you hear and, crucially, what you don’t. However, on my new show the public’s news tastes will always dictate what I discuss.