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Letter to Tony Hall, a new petition.
« on: April 02, 2013, 05:44:46 PM »
Dear Lord Hall,

I am writing to you on behalf of the BBC Radio Forum, and the many thousands
of petitioners who have tried to save BBC local radio.

Welcome to your new post as Director General of the BBC.

It would be an understatement to say that we are seriously concerned about
the competence and management of the BBC over the last few years. That has
severely damaged public trust. It would also be an understatement to say
that we no longer care about an outstanding , historic organisation that has
public service broadcasting at its core and is delivered by a talent and
journalism that is beyond reproach.

The BBC and the public it serves has faced a covert licence fee settlement
that was arbitrarily applied, without honesty , intelligence , sensitivity
or accountability. It has been unacceptable that BBC local radio, possibly
the only true public service within the BBC has been subjected to cutting
proposals.Although something may have been saved by a public campaign in
2011, it is the reality now that all evening services are now being
networked into a national show, overnight services in major cities,
especially London have been scrapped and there have been cost cutting
measures applied across the board in local radio as we see cronyism applied
and valued presenters dumped in a survival scramble.(The forum would be
happy to provide your team with examples that need scrutiny)

The BBC must provide a distinctive local service in BBC local radio. That is
not delivered elsewhere. It is a vital part of our democracy and forms a
voice for our communities, whether that it is local authorities being
brought to account, or  just the chance to have a voice and be heard.

It is very difficult to accept that funds are denied to a public service,
but at the same time are being ploughed into projects such as The Voice on
BBC1, A program that was conceived and is delivered on the commercial
channels at great success

It is even more difficult to believe the huge sums of money that licence fee
payers work hard for are being given to many many layers of management, that
seem to be unable to prove what they are accountable for. This forum and
many of its members have asked again and again for justifictacation in cuts
being made, but we have been told time and time again that any explanation
that is detailed or justified has to be withheld from us because it might be
commercially sensitive . Many trials that take place that are used to justify
cuts made to BBC local radio are commissioned from private firms, it is
called audience research that is quantitative and qualitative, but it is
secret , even though the public has paid for it.That is wrong.

It is probably not necessary to go into the many abuses committed by a
greedy management over the last few years, but you need to be aware that the
public is losing patience.

In conclusion, Lord Hall, we hope that you visit every BBC local radio
station in the next few months. We also hope that you are able to define
public service broadcasting in a context of accountability and honesty.
Please change the climate and culture where it was acceptable for an
outgoing Director General, Mark Thompson, to have been deeply dishonest
about his knowledge of a scandal that has brought the BBC to its knees, this
was a person who was trusted with being a temporary custodian of a valuable
public service, and paid himself over 800,000 and then went on to destroy
it by dishonesty and an ethos of personal greed.

That must never be allowed to happen again,

Some of these words will form the basis of a public petition seeking
reassurance that public service broadcasting will be safe in your hands.


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« Last Edit: April 02, 2013, 05:51:40 PM by Tiger »


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Re: Letter to Tony Hall, a new petition.
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2013, 05:48:35 PM »
Any amendments to this letter are welcome. I will send to Tony Hall tomorrow morning 3/4 with any inclusions. The words in this letter will also form the narrative a new petition to save BBC local radio.


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Re: Letter to Tony Hall, a new petition.
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2013, 09:31:02 PM »
Hi Tiger, a wonderful composition.  Might I throw in a suggestion to underline concerns that those with responsibility for the non-reporting of the Savile story are still in quite high profile positions?

And the need for the BBC to embrace greater transparency and accountability across the board?

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