Today programme 'live' from UofG

Today programme 'live' from UofG

Issued: Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:46:00 GMT

Radio 4’s flagship news programme 'Today' came 'live' from the Chapel at the University of Glasgow, and in front of an audience of around 100 people, from 0600-0900 on Tuesday 13 March. The outside broadcast, presented by Justin Webb, was the third in a series of programmes from UK universities – and the only one from Scotland.

Among the items was an interview with the Principal, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli. This focused firstly on the UCU strike and then on the issue of widening access. The Principal responded to reports of a possible settlement of the strike by saying that he was keen to see an early resolution to the industrial action, but that he did not want to pre-empt any discussions which will now be taking place.

Today also looked at the exciting possibilities of precision medicine with Justin Webb talking live with Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak. She outlined why the University of Glasgow is a world leader in precision medicine and how it might radically change the way patients are both diagnosed and treated.


Professor Adrian Bowman set a devilish tricky problem in the popular ‘Puzzle for Today’ feature.

The programme also included interviews with Shirley-Anne Somerville, the Minister responsible for Higher Education in Scotland; Sir Peter Scott, the Commissioner for Fair Access; three school pupils from Glasgow who were considering going to university; and a live broadcast from the picket line outside the main gates of the University.

Across the morning elements of the broadcast output were both on the university Twitter account and on Today’s own Twitter feed.

Peter Aitchison, the Director of Communications and Public Affairs said: "Securing the Today programme was a major coup for the University of Glasgow and comes hard on the heels of another successful live Radio 4 broadcast when In Our Time came from the Chapel at the end of last year.

"The output was really engaging, and it was great to see such a large and enthusiastic audience turning up before 6am – not to mention the many millions who will have tuned in across the UK and for whom Today is essential listening.

"I am sure that the broadcast gave a positive impression of the university and the city of Glasgow. But the live OB would not have been possible without the generous and very willing support of our University Chaplain, Rev Stuart Macquarrie, who allowed the BBC full use of the Chapel, including his own private rooms. Sincere thanks are also due to colleagues from Events, Hospitality Services and Security who all worked incredibly hard, and rose unbelievably early, to make the broadcast possible."

Photo Gallery

1. Presenter Justin Webb and enthusiastic audience - 2. Justin interviews Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak - 3. Principal Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli - 4. Professor Adrian Bowman prepares to deliver the fiendish Today programme puzzle.

Today Presenter Justin Webb with enthusiastic UofG audience

Justin Webb interviews Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli with Today Presenter Justin Webb in the background

Professor Adrian Bowman getting ready to set the Today programme daily puzzle