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Thread #58124   Message #2082874
Posted By: Bernard
21-Jun-07 - 04:44 AM
Thread Name: BBC Closes Folk Show
Subject: RE: BBC Closes Folk Show
'What goes around comes around'

Hopefully that is good news for Radio York!

BBC GMR (now BBC Radio Manchaester... again!) axed the folk programme effective from April 3rd 2006, but we found out in advance and were sworn to secrecy.

Fortunately for us another programme's presenter learned his programme was going, and put a letter in a national daily, which then meant we could 'go public' to some extent because of what he had said.

The station is a shadow of its former self, trying to compete with other local stations doing much the same thing instead of concentrating on what it used to be best at - bringing things of interest to Manchester people to the people of Manchester!

For example, there used to be a lively programme on Sunday lunchtimes with Fred Fielder, in which people used to phone in for a chat on air. Fred had a way with people that always made the chat interesting, but the new station manager decided he wanted to 'bring the age of the average listener down'...

He still hasn't grasped that most younger people tend only listen to the radio in the car unless there is something specific they want to hear, and people listening in cars tend to prefer music because chat often gets lost amidst other noises!

To get rid of specific programmes such as specialist music and community programmes is daft... in fact, the listener figures dropped by 90% within three months, and still are not back to previous levels.

It's just a matter of time...