|BBC announces new local radio station for Dorset!!
Mon 21 May 2012
Many of you may have already heard that the BBC Trust has just approved Jason Horton's (Head of BBC South and BBC Radio Solent) proposal to *re-introduce a local radio station for Dorset albeit a breakfast programme on week days and only being transmitted from the Bincombe Hill transmitter (see link to the BBC announcement - Click here).
It would be complimented by the existing Saturday morning programme 'the Big Breakfast Brunch'. It will start in 2013. Whilst the news is very welcome, it still means that there will continue to be (we believe) many parts of Dorset NOT covered! However, we are grateful for Jason in supporting DorBAG's demands and in getting us back* at least something, although we continue to make clear that we view this as the first step in getting a full county local radio station! We are mystified why the BBC still will not give Dorset a full radio station while the Channel Islands, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire (all near neighbours) all have their own stations.
The argument has been that the Dorset population is too small, but we are the same size as most of the above. *Remember that we had 25 hours per week of local coverage from BBC Radio Devon in 1996 (see the history of BBC Radio Dorset - Click here), which is much more than we are getting this time round! Best wishes, The DorBAG Team
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