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Radio Production, 5th Edition by Robert McLeish

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The executive producer

Senior producer, programme manager, controller, organizer or director, the producer's boss comes in a wide range of guises and titles. His or her essential job is not so much to make programmes as to make programme makers. Whether responsible for a programme strand, a station or a network, this senior editorial figure is there to listen to the output and provide feedback on it to the producers. A handwritten note left on the producer's desk – a habit of former BBC Managing Director of Radio, David Hatch – is particularly effective. This head of programmes will also lead the programme meetings, where there is a systematic discussion of the output – there is more detail on this procedure in the next chapter. The purpose ...

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