Saturday, 29 October 2011

'In Patten we Trust'...

Can I say a huge thank you to all of you who turned up last night in central London on a Friday evening to protest outside Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1...

'In Patten we Trust' our battle cry, our call to listeners of bbc London 94.9 fm and bbc Local radio across the United Kingdom...

Over the coming days I/we will put some pictures up of our opening shot in a long campaign to save our local radio stations...

I am of the belief that our next demonstration needs to be on a Saturday afternoon after Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday that time/date would be at 3pm on Saturday the 19th of November 2011 and the theme would be sports...YES the sports team at bbc London is under major threat and these people bring happiness and joy to all sports fans no matter what the sport.

Note the Christmas Lights will be on and after the demonstration ('Kick-off' at 3pm) there will be plenty of time for early Christmas shopping and or a drink/meal in a local bar or public house/coffee shop.

Can I thank you all from the bottom of my heart once again for the support, help and love of bbc Local radio. I'll be in contact via email/twitter and this blog and we will all meet again...

John Kennedy.

'In Patten we Trust'...

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

6.00pm Friday 28.10.2011...

On Friday a gathering/demonstration will take place outside Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1.

This will be the first of many and I/we urge you the listeners to bbc London 94.9 fm and listeners to all bbc Local radio services to make every effort to attend this or future events.

Be under no illusion we are about to lose many shows/slots on local radio, the management of the corporation have made this clear with their plans, our only hope is YOU ! Yes you the listener and our campaign to save bbc Local radio and persuade Chris Patten and the board of Trustees of the bbc that Local radio is the 'Crown' that holds the Jewels.

28th of October 
Broadcasting House
Portland Place

Look forward to meeting you all and please wrap up warm and bring a torch if possible.


Sunday, 23 October 2011

Time to Unite...

Ladies, Gentlemen, Listeners please do log onto a wonderful site and go look at the right hand bar which details all the facebook groups across the country that are organising and campaigning against these cuts. Link to this site is above on this page and on the top right hand column of the blog list.

I/we need an experienced facebook user with good social skills to make contact with all these groups and ask them if they would be interested in a mass demonstration at either Broadcasting House here in London or the new BBC centre in Manchester in December or January ?

The consultation ends in December but it doesn't mean it our campaign ends for Friday the 28th is only the beginning...


PS This is your chance to have your say, to stand up for something you love and believe in. Alone you're just a single voice but together we can build a movement with the courage to change things for the better for us all. That is something worth fighting for ladies and gentlemen for we all have a choice in life, we can sit in silence or stand up for what we know is right. I John Kennedy will be standing up on the 28th of October I hope you are too...

Spreading the Word...

Time to start spreading the word regarding the planned cuts to the bbc and our much loved radio station bbc radio London 94.9 fm.

We have placed an article with the online paper/site the Londonist at regarding these cuts and what they'll do to the station.

Take time to have a read and remember it's this coming Friday at 6pm our chance to say 'NO' to the cuts at bbc radio London 94.9 fm. So remember 6pm Friday the 28th October 2011 outside Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1.

Thank you...

Friday, 21 October 2011

Some Good News...

Ladies and Gentlemen some good news that a Parliamentary debate is to be held next Wednesday which was called for by the Conservative MP Robin Walker to discuss the proposed cuts to BBC Local Services.

Robin Walker MP has warned the BBC against cutting the very services local communities need and require therefore I ask you once again to start emailing your elected politicians and ask them to attend debate next Wednesday and ask them to oppose cuts to all BBC Local Radio Services including the savage cuts to BBC Radio London 94.9 fm.

Please click on the link where you can use the search facility to find contact details for your MP.

Please consider using template email below:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am concerned at the cuts the bbc wish to introduce to local services throughout the UK, I'm deeply concerned at the level of cuts which are to be implemented to bbc London 94.9 fm (25%).

At a time of austerity we need local radio and services more than ever, people across the capital and the UK deserve a 24/7 local radio service staffed by local people who know and understand the communities they serve.

The bbc is well able to find cuts elsewhere within its vast budget and a little less spending on celebrities would do their budget no harm and our country a great favour.

Please help save bbc London 94.9 fm and please help save bbc local services nationally.

Thank you,

A Listener...

Thank you all for helping to save our local radio services.


Wednesday, 19 October 2011


The decision to freeze and with inflation deliver a real term cut to the licence fee was a political one, the position we are in has the listener/end user of a bbc service/station is to feel what a real cut may mean to a service that we hold dear to ourselves.

The demonstration on the 28th of October 2011 is very important but we must also understand that the greater political pressure we can place upon politicians can only help our collective cause. The first politician we should all contact is the elected Mayor of London the one and only Boris Johnson.

Therefore I ask you to consider writing to Boris at you may wish to cut/paste some of the following text below.

Dear Boris Johnson,

I would like to bring to your attention the very shocking and sad news that the Director General of the bbc and his management team wish to implement cuts of up to 25% that will destroy afternoon programming, decimate the excellent sports coverage and close late night radio.

I've contacted the bbc trust and have responded to the consultation however after listening to David Holdsworth head of regions I'm concerned that bbc management are merely playing lip service to the thoughts and feelings of listeners.

How can a city as diverse as London not afford a 24/7 public funded radio station, especially considering the salaries paid to senior managers/directors and the £5 billions collected in licence fees and sales of programmes world wide.

Thank you,

A Listener...

I hope the above paragraphs help and I hope you like me wish to save this wonderful station.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Sign the Petition...

Time to sign a petition that seeks to 'save BBC local radio' which includes OUR radio station here in the capital so click on the following link BBC London 94.9 fm and join over 2,000 people who care about their radio stations.

Remember we have everything to gain by actively protesting, signing petitions, lobbying the BBC trust and our elected politicians.

Over the coming weeks and months I'll place generic emails which you may choose to 'cut/paste' or 'alter' and send into your London Assembly Member, your Member of Parliament plus various members of the House of Lords.

Together we can save OUR local radio station BBC London 94.9 fm...


Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Save bbc London 94.9...

BBC London 94.9 fm is under threat because of proposed budget cuts by the Director General and management of the Corporation.

Please attend the first of many protests at 6pm on Friday the 28th of October 2011 at Portland Place/Langham Place, London W1. Please do bring a torch !

Contact the BBC Trust and take part in the consultation regarding BBC Local Radio and make sure your views and opinions get heard. You may wish to explain to the trust that we in London require and need a 24/7 dedicated radio station. The budget cut is £1 million and I'm sure that savings to the tune of £1 million can be made elsewhere within the BBC.

Look forward to seeing you all on the 28th of this month where we the listener will start our campaign to save OUR London radio station.

'For Harry, For BiG George, For BBC London'