This is a study of the online behaviours and cultures of listeners and fans of BBC radio but it consists of four distinct yet connected case studies.
How fans of BBC Radio use the internet to interact around programmes; potentially extending and enhancing their experience of the medium.
What benefit and value do the fans derive from this behaviour and should we, the BBC, do more or less to support it? Does it make the fans love the programme more? Will fan activities get taken up by other listeners (i.e. those who don't self-identify as fans). Do fans spread the word and make the programme more popular? How can fans affect what programmes are made or how the story goes? What benefits are there for the programme makers? And what happens when programme makers try to stop these fan behaviours?
The areas of radio studies and fan studies are both well-developed, however radio audiences have been generally under-researched and there has been very little work at the intersection of these two areas that is radio fan studies. We think that by applying theories of fan cultures and active audiences to radio we have contributed a significant body of research.
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