Did you know that Dorset is the only county in the south of England without its own BBC Local Radio Station! Unlike Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire etc. And several of our neighbouring counties have similar populations to Dorset!
This is totally unacceptable!
Sat 20 Oct 2018
New opportunities for BBC Local Radio in Dorset?
Wed 17 Oct 2018
BBC new Local Radio head announced
DorBAG’s aim is to convince the BBC that it must provide a full-time, countywide Dorset BBC local radio station, partly as a resilience measure in the event of emergencies and partly to strengthen and sustain communications and promote the County amongst ourselves and to the outside world.
The Dorset Broadcasting Action Group (DorBAG) is Chaired by Oliver Letwin MP with an Executive Committee comprising Dorset County, Borough, District, town and Parish council representatives, Dorset Federation WI, Dorset CLA, Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dorset NFU, Dorset LEP-REG plus a number of other group representatives & experts.
The BBC has treated Dorset with total disdain over the years and seems to have no intention of resolving the problems to the residents’ satisfaction.
However, some good news is that, following the appointment of Jason Horton as Head of BBC South, & with pressure from DorBAG, things changed. In July 2013, Jason launched an excellent “Breakfast in Dorset” programme from 06:30 to 09:00 each weekday. A new team was established in Dorchester’s upgraded and expanded studio to produce the programme. The programme is broadcast from the Bincombe Hill transmitter (between Dorchester & Weymouth) on FM (103.8FM). It is also transmitted on Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) as well as being carried on BBC IPlayer & Freeview Channel 734. But most of West Dorset, i.e. west of Dorchester, cannot receive signals from any of the transmitters, FM or DAB!
And it is an early morning programme only, unlike other counties. After that, it reverts to BBC Radio Solent, which covers (mostly) Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and East Dorset. So it is not a full-time dedicated station for Dorset, and it does not cover all of the county either.
DorBAG is an a-political community initiative.