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'...

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