How can the BBC be the voice of the nation when no such thing really exists? | Gaby Hinsliff

The Woman’s Hour row shows that the broadcaster, in trying to please everyone, is getting the balance wrong

The secret of Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, according to its outgoing co-host Jane Garvey, is that its listeners are unshockable. Nothing fazes them, so the show could get away with everything from smuggling feminist ideas into the ears of bored 1960s housewives, to the kind of gynaecological taboo-busting that saves lives.

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