Monday, 12 March 2012


Please cut/paste the email below & send to your MP now via email or letter & let them know you want bbc management to save our local radio station.

'Get Vocal 4 bbc Local' radio and email/write to YOUR MP NOW !


The bbc trust has held a consultation some bbc London programming will be saved (afternoons) however sports coverage, late night & the much loved overnight slots are still under threat from budget cuts.

There is however hope, BskyB is reducing access charges to the bbc from 2014 by £5.5 million. The proposed budget cut to bbc London 94.9 fm is £1 million. This 'windfall' from BskyB could save 24/7 365 day/night radio here in the capital.

Could you please help & ask the director general of the bbc to plug the funding gap of £1 million with part of the 'BskyB' windfall & that he ensures 24/7 London local radio continues into the foreseeable future.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email.


Cheers JK...

Thursday, 8 March 2012

BskyB ?

Looking up to the Sky...

According to reports in the media section of the Guardian online yesterday the bbc is to receive a reduction in access fees to the BskyB platform from 2014 of £5.5 million.

It is reported that this money will be used by the bbc to further reduce cuts to the much loved bbc local radio network.

Only yesterday I felt the gloom & the doom of a rather large sum of money spent on the 'new' section of Broadcasting House yet out of the blue or should I say from the 'Sky' above we have been sent a life line that may well help to preserve 24/7 speech based radio here in London if bbc management wish this to be the case.

I just hope (and pray) that David Holdsworth grasps this opportunity & ensures that bbc local radio is given the funding & opportunity to continue its unique local brand of broadcasting across the UK & bbc London is adequately funded so it may continue to operate on 24/7 365 day a year basis.

We trusted in Patten but I wasn't expecting anything from the 'Sky' above.

John Kennedy...

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

The Billion £ Building...

Yes the 'New' Broadcasting House will be mentioned on air many times over the coming weeks and months but what awful timing by bbc management. They spend £1.04 billion on a building then at the same time they seek to move many parts of the news operation into this trophy building they will be sacking, sorry making staff redundant and probably switching off local radio at either 7pm or 10pm depending on what sports programme the overpaid think we deserve.

I said it earlier in the year that we only scored a partial victory in our campaign to save bbc local radio and to be frank and honest not enough people responded to the consultation. It has been muted by bbc management that a regional radio programme maybe created to fill a gap or gaps, I'll be honest don't bother David Holdsworth it'll only be something else you choose to chop at a later date when you can't manage to balance the books when the next spending round is negotiated with whoever is in power.

Just fast forward to 2013 and just imagine bbc London is off air from 7pm except for the occasional live London football match what will the 'Billion £ Building' mean to you, what will the licence fee actually mean to you when it can be spent on buildings with courtyards and artwork but can't broadcast a local radio show after 7pm ? Whilst you admire the pointless blue neon light shining on the exterior wall you suddenly realise that those in charge of the bbc think more of lamps/lights and chairs than the words spoken by presenters and ordinary people who work hard and pay the TV tax year in and out without question.

Radio will survive and maybe it's up to others to fill the void left by the bbc and maybe just maybe the bbc should seriously consider handing back bandwidth to Ofcom if it can't fund local radio properly out of a £4 billion annual budget.

We can always stare at the 'Billion £ Building'...