On Tuesday evening a number of individuals from the world of Cricket along with others from the campaign to save bbc local radio met with the Shadow Minister for Sport Clive Efford MP at Portcullis House to discuss the bbc's 'Delivering Quality First' strategy that will destroy the excellent local sports coverage that bbc local radio provides across the nation.
Cricket, Football, non league Football, Rugby league/union & all other sports coverage is under threat due the average 20% cut to local radio & the mind boggling 25% cut to bbc radio London.
The United Kingdom is to host the Olympics next year, followed by the Rugby World Cup 2015 & World Athletics Championship in 2017 & we have to ask the question what sort of legacy will we leave if local radio is unable to provide that vital link between the listener & grass roots sports ?
I must say we are heartened to know that the campaign to save bbc local radio is receiving cross party political support which we must harness & use to our advantage. The campaign now moves to another demonstration at 6pm on Thursday the 1st of December 2011 at Broadcasting House, Portland Place W1 on a day that has been labelled 'listen to local radio day' !
All listeners and lovers of bbc local sport coverage need to get involved in the consultation at www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust and attend if possible the demonstration on the 1st December or get involved in 2012 when our political campaign will be launched with the sole aim to reverse the cuts in full & ensure the bbc trust asks the Director General to ring fence local radio in a similar fashion to bbc radio 4 & 3.
'In Patten we Trust'