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BBC Management & BBC Trust / The BBC Management & BBC Trust Boards
« on: January 18, 2014, 11:06:30 PM »
With it set to be a busy and defining few years for the BBC we have decided to create a new board for posts around the subjects of Management & the Trust.

With the DCMS looking at the future of the BBC prior to charter renewal, the DMI fiasco, Pollard, Dame Janet Smith amongst other on-going concerns we thought we'd try to group them all together, please bear with us if you find we've moved some existing threads, nothing will be deleted.

Best regards.

BBC Radio Forum Team.

Listeners to Merseyside are unhappy that this very popular and longtime favourite presenter and Merseyside  figure has been relaced by a presenter from out of the area.

This decision seems difficult to understand given his obvious connection and popularity with listeners Here is his show from yesterday.

This Forum is aware that management have had a negative reaction from Merseyside listeners.

About The BBC Radio Forum / Announcement.
« on: October 25, 2012, 09:39:42 PM »
This forum will not hesitate to act when there has been a breach of internet security. If that breach includes personal accounts of its administrators and their families that would be very serious indeed. And action is being taken.

The News Where You Are / Chris Patten On Jimmy Savile & The BBC
« on: October 10, 2012, 07:14:41 PM »
Ironically, worth the licence fee. 

Steve Hewlett takes Chris Patten to task over the BBC's handling of the Jimmy Savile child abuse case.

Or can be downloaded here (right click and choose save as..)

BBC Local Radio Board / BBC Shropshire Don’t Save The Jim Hawkins Saturday Show On BBC Shropshire
« on: September 21, 2012, 11:03:17 PM »
As a result of Delivering Quality First, Jim Hawkins will be losing his Saturday show on BBC Shropshire, but he’s not whining about it.  Read on…

So the other night having a look through the Twittersphere and seeing much back slapping amongst radio types at the announcement that former BBC executive Matthew Bannister, had been awarded a contract by the BBC, to produce the new national BBC Local Radio evening programme, I felt somehow that something and maybe, some people were being forgotten.

Having read thousands of comments on our petition against cuts to local radio service, visited goodness knows how many Facebook pages and websites, read numerous submissions to the BBC Trust, not once have I seen a single listener or organisation say ‘A national evening programme is exactly what we want’.

So I tweeted my own cheeky congratulations to Matthew Bannister.

For some reason BBC Shropshire mid-morning host Jim Hawkins seemed to take exception to the sentiment I was expressing.  You can read our exchange below for yourself.  But I have to say it left me confused, that a popular presenter was of the opinion that a slickly produced national programme would be better than what we have at the moment, and what is comments say of his own view of local productions leaves me wondering.

Take the Roger Day programme for example.  Roger, an old-school broadcasting legend, brings us music, the stuff not on the playlist!  Interviews with artists who are usually passing through the region and the odd hour of specialist stuff that you will be hard pushed to find elsewhere on the schedule.  For all their box ticking at the BBC Trust, Roger’s programme is possibly one of the very few in the whole Surrey and Sussex schedule which scores a ‘bullseye’ with the ‘target demographic’.  Roger is wonderful with his listeners, interacting with them on his Facebook pages as well as on the air; he’s more than just a presenter to them, as many good radio people are.  He’s made it clear he’s upset by the forthcoming changes, or whining, as Jim would call it.

Possibly the worse thing about January's changes will be that are certain to be listeners who will tune in as usual to hear Roger in the South - or any of the numerous shows round the country – and will find them gone.

But not to worry, according to Jim, the quality production of something completely irrelevant to them should more than make up for it.


All details here!

How stupid does she actually believe we are?

This is a massive PR campaign for Murdoch, and his attempted retake of our media in a renewed bid.

AND that is expected. and both Rupert and James Murdoch were entirely honest in their intentions in their MacTaggert lectures, there is nothing wrong with that.

What was very wrong indeed was the compliticity that they then had from Jeremy Hunt, and his delivery of a corrupted licence fee settlement and a personal endorsement of the takeover of BSkyB , taking civil servants with him in a corruption of proper government. That government then defied the rules of democracy when he was found out and failed to act.

I will also add the actions of Mark Thompson, he should be thoroughly ashamed of himself.

Any speech from Elizabeth Murdoch will not put that right. And will never put right an ideology deeply embedded within their empire that it was acceptable to hack Milly Dowler's phone.

The News Where You Are / Jonathan Stephens
« on: August 23, 2012, 09:10:55 PM »
I will put this here at the moment.

Please listen to his appearance on the World at One.

Now, this is a very senior civil servant.

Not only does he take responsibility for the sucess of the games seems to be a victory speech.

Unfortunately , there MUST now be a reality check.

This was a civil servant , who oversaw the BBC LICENCE FEE settlement(I would expect given the £billions of public funds that he conducted that with complete integrity and accountability)

I would also expect that this man with his high office also made very sure that the public consultation regarding the BSykyB bid was also handled with integrity.

And what of his management of Adam Smith?

This forum will publish our findings soon.

Transparency and accountability in government is important if we can call our country a democracy.

Dear Lord Leveson,

I am the co administrator and founder of the BBC Radio Forum.

Our forum represents many thousands of listeners to BBC local radio, who petitioned on its behalf.

We are in the process of compiling a representation to your inquiry.

That representation will be focused on the damage that has been proposed to
BBC local radio stations, which has come out of the DQF process by the BBC
Executive in response to the licence fee settlement(which included
£25million  of the fee being allocated to Jeremy Hunt's commercial local TV

This submission. will be made to your inquiry, within the next few days.

 I am very concerned by comments made on the Radio 4 Media Show this
evening, prior to your hearings, which said to listeners that Jeremy Hunt
has done nothing wrong. I believe that to be an unacceptable comment by
interested parties.

I would expect that serious questions are going to be put to Jeremy Hunt's
advisor, especially regarding the licence fee settlement. I have no doubt
that they will also be put to the Secretary of State himself.

Our representations will follow.

This is an email that was sent to all forum members earlier today, I am reproducing it here so that guests may view and so that it can be linked to.


Well it's been a strange week in which Lord Patten of the BBC Trust took the welcome, if unusual step, of asking the BBC Executive to look again at it's proposals of cuts to local radio.  For some strange reason the Trust seem to think the proposals are around 50% wrong.  Not 35% or 72% or even 100%, a nice round 50%.

Here at the forum, we don't believe this goes far enough.  In an organisation that spends around £40m a year on taxis, or where the Vice Chairperson of the BBC Trust receives around £70,000 a year for two days work a week, we believe there is room for the BBC to find all of the £18m (ish) savings it wants to make from local radio, from somewhere else.  Local radio IS the most public of services, it is what the BBC exists to do.  And please remember, this is YOUR money that pays for these things.

If you have any thoughts or ideas of how you believe money can be saved elsewhere by the BBC then please get in touch and let us know.

If you have the inclination to have a look through the BBC Accounts, they can be found here, have a read and find out why they had £513m in the bank at the end of the financial year.  Remember, you can make Freedom Of Information requests to the BBC, or any public body, a useful website to help you do so, can be found here if you feel you need more information.

If we can make any suggestions to the Trust of alternative methods of saving money, I'm sure they will be able to listen, well perhaps with 50% of their ears.

The DQF (cuts) proposals are due out in a few days.  Where should the axe fall?  Pick as many as you like from the above list, if there's anything you think I've missed suggest it and I may add it.

Oh I did pinch the idea from this Grauniad page but shhhh.

Would has reached us vis the world of Facebook that nice gent and occasional balloonist Nathan Turvey is hanging up his boots for BBC H&W and preparing for his debut at 5Live.  5Lives' gain is H&W listeners loss, sad to see him go but wish him well on his new venture and imminent new arrival.

Just to let you all know I'm leaving BBC Hereford & Worcester for a new job at BBC Radio 5 live when they complete their move to the new BBC centre in Salford, Manchester at the end of October. It's been great being back on the show for the last 2 and a half years, thanks for all of your support over that time. My last day is unsure at the moment because it all hangs on when my wife Katy has our new baby, but she's due next Wednessday so it could be any day now. Thanks again everyone and stay in touch here on Facebook!!!/nathanturveyontheradio

About The BBC Radio Forum / Forum Feedback
« on: September 28, 2011, 06:58:51 PM »
We’ve started this thread in response to a request from Hal.  We’ve also created a Radio 2 board and a 5Live board and are mulling over some other changes, hopefully to make the forum easier to use and to read.

We’d very much appreciate your thoughts on the local radio section.  Currently we have different boards for different stations all under the Stations, Shows and Presenters heading.  And we have the general local radio discussion board too.  One of the things we are considering doing is, rather than have a separate board for each station, just having all the posts for every station in the Stations, Shows and Presenters.  Our thinking is that whilst it’s possibly more organised having a separate boards for each Local station, it is a little unwieldy and also that there are things posted in some of them that may be of interest to those who may not actually listen to that station.  For instance, this piece by Delta79 is tucked away in the BBC Radio Shropshire board and really deserves a wider audience.

Anyway, those are just the seeds of some thoughts we were having but we would like to know what you think.  Like you we are just listeners, but just happen to be listeners trying to make a place for discussion and would like to make it as easy to use and friendly as possible.  Any (polite) suggestions gratefully received.


We are all in favour of the BBC World Service but do we really care? I ask because there is little more than a whimper of national protest at the Coalition Government's plans to cut the World Service's budget by 16 per cent as part of its spending review. After a ritual nod of objection, people tend to concern themselves with much bigger cutbacks far closer to home. Just possibly things are changing. Last week, the all-party House of Commons foreign affairs committee said that planned cuts of ?46m to an annual budget of ?253m should be reversed. Richard Ottaway, the Tory MP and committee chairman, quoted the verdict of the former United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan, that the World Service was "perhaps Britain's greatest gift to the world". As things stand, this priceless but relatively inexpensive gift is losing five foreign language services, and the World Service's global audience is expected to decline by about 30 million listeners from 180 million.

You may ask: why should the World Service be spared the painful cuts experienced in almost every other area of government? The answer is that it should not be. Or, to be more precise, the cuts of ?46m should be made up by the international aid budget, which is projected to soar by nearly 40 per cent to an amazing ?9.4bn in 2015. A minute sliver of the aid budget, so small that it would hardly be noticed, could preserve the BBC World Service as it is. I can barely think of a more valuable form of aid. It informs and enlightens millions of people who are kept in the dark by their governments. Throughout the Middle East, and in many parts of Africa, it is listened to by those who are being lied to and even persecuted. The World Service, shorn as it is of any taint of propaganda on behalf of our Government, is also the best advertisement there could be for British truth-telling and fair play.

Even the most passionate advocate of international aid could hardly deny that some of it is wasted, either through inefficiency or corruption. Huge sums also go to countries that arguably do not need them. Britain contributes ?90m a year though the European Union to Turkey, a middle-income country, and nearly ?300m a year to India, which has a substantial space programme and a defence budget not much smaller than ours.

All I propose is that a minuscule fraction of the hugely expanding aid budget should be diverted to save the World Service. In a grown-up, joined-up government there would be no argument. Ministers would cuff themselves, and say "silly us". If you asked a thousand people, 999 of them would probably want the international aid budget to be used to safeguard this precious asset. Are ministers simply ignorant of its beneficial effects? Or is the government machine too rigid and hidebound for anyone to admit that a silly decision was quickly and thoughtlessly made during last autumn's spending review?

Putting the World Service budget in the hands of the BBC (until now it has been funded by the Foreign Office) is also a bad mistake. Whatever its director-general, Mark Thompson, may say, the BBC cannot be relied on to fund it generously in the future. The corporation is answerable to the licence-payer, and the licence-payer may justifiably have little or no interest in a service he or she seldom hears.

Thank God the foreign affairs committee is standing up for the World Service. But governments are pig-headedly stubborn. They don't like admitting they have got things wrong. It will need the muscle of powerful newspapers, as well as the constant attention of concerned MPs, if there is to be any chance of putting this right. Those who care about Britain's influence in the world, and want this country to be a force for good, must join the campaign.


Gordon Burns will present a new Sunday morning show (9am-11am) for BBC Radio Manchester and Radio Lancashire. Called simply Gordon Burns, it will feature a lively mix of guests, news, conversation and debate.

About The BBC Radio Forum / Welcome To The BBC Radio Forum
« on: April 07, 2011, 08:13:29 PM »
Welcome to this forum dedicated to listeners and for listeners dedicated to BBC Radio.

Presenters who make you listen, rather than just hear are the key to successful programmes So said Gillian Reynolds and I'm not going to argue with her.

This is a place to celebrate the things that are in our ears, that make us smile, or make us move or move us.  Feel free to join in and share your listening pleasures.

There is no dedicated forum for Radio 1, 2  5 Live etc.  The local radio messageboards closed down some time ago and the official BBC message boards for Radio 4 have now closed at the introduction of Radio 4.

The Admin on this forum recognise that BBC radio is of considerable value in all it's guises, and believe that listeners too should be valued.  We welcome any refugees from old message boards and anyone who happens to stumble across us.  There are possible changes to come with the recent licence fee settlement and the threat of cuts across the BBC and feedback is important.  We believe the BBC and the BBC Trust should get their ears out and where appropriate, listen to the listeners.

This forum will remain as a voice for BBC local radio as its main aim. It is non profit making and wants to represent the listener in a safe non-toxic atmosphere.

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