OU/BBC
16 Jan 2007

The Open University and BBC Radio 4 invite listeners to Click On

Click On

Click On

Whether you’re fully MP3’d up, wirelessly broadband compatible or even if you struggle to find your PC’s ON switch, a new BBC Radio 4 magazine series from The Open University has something for you.

Rajesh Mirchandani presents Click On, an exciting and lively new IT radio programme to be broadcast at 9.00pm on Wednesday January 31 and every subsequent Wednesday for six weeks.

Each week, Rajesh explores the ever-changing world of IT. The programmes will be topical, taking the listener behind the week’s most intriguing technology stories and investigating issues directly relevant to listeners’ lives – including concerns about online security; looking at how IT helps patients monitor their health or discovering how new data storage systems help to preserve our cultural heritage.

The series will also feature in-depth reports on serious IT issues such as the shady figures behind email spam and the influence that business and commercial companies have over computers in schools.

The Open University is working with the BBC to ensure the series is going to be an informative and entertaining programme that will keep listeners thoroughly up-to-date with IT issues.

Dr Tony Hirst, lecturer in ICT with The Open University said: “Recent reports suggest that the majority of households in the UK now have broadband internet access.

“With more computer power, interconnectivity and multimedia features available now on most mobile phones than were possible with the PCs of even 10 years ago, the pace of change in ICT continues apparently unabated. Keeping up to date is difficult for even the most avid technology watcher, let alone the rest of us.

Click On provides a weekly insight into today's IT world, exploring how to get the most out of the technologies already available to us, as well as looking at the impact widespread adoption of these technologies, such as the iPhone announced this month, is likely to have on our daily lives.

“Also, ongoing research at The Open University continues to demonstrate the impact on consumers’ lives. This important OU/BBC collaboration highlights the importance that the University gives to this area”.

Editor’s Notes

Click On is a BBC/Open University co-production for BBC Radio 4. It will broadcast in early February 2007

The Producer for the BBC is Monise Durrani and Executive Producer for The Open University is Catherine McCarthy

The Open University and BBC have been in partnership for more than 30 years, providing educational programming to a mass audience. In recent times this partnership has evolved from late night programming for delivering courses to peak time programmes with a broad appeal to encourage wider participation in learning

All broadcast information is correct at time of issue

For interview requests and further information please contact Guy Bailey, for programme information please contact Monise Durani, contact details below

Resources

Related Courses and programmes from the Open University:-

- M150 Data, Computing & Information
- T175 Networked Living: Exploring Information & Communication Technologies
- T187 Vandalism in Cyberspace: Understanding and combating malicious software
- T189 Digital Photography: Creating & Sharing Better Images
- TU120 Beyond Google: Working with Information Online
- T209 Information and Communication Technologies: People and Interactions

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