Cutting local radio

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As a regular Radio Sheffield listener, I for one saddened over draconian measures proposed by the BBC in reducing local output from 16 hours a day to nine hours. BBC Radio Sheffield is my favourite local radio station.

The Star’s report on this focused on Sheffield City Council’s stand. But it would be nice to know what the other local authorities in South Yorkshire - Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham - propose (if anything) because all councils in the radio stations’ broadcasting area are regularly featured by it to air a range of topics.

‘Alderman’ Toby Foster, right now, could be encouraging the radio station’s district reporters to stir up things dramatically by interviewing the leaders of these authorities to obtain their views.

Also, where do MPs, including Doncaster’s Ed Miliband, Rosie Winterton and Caroline Flint stand in this? Are they going to throw their heart and soul against the proposed disproportionate programming cuts?

I found Sheffield’s opposition leader Coun Shaffiq Mohammed’s statement rather self-centred, inasmuch that he would have Star readers believe that BBC Radio Sheffield broadcasts to Sheffielders only. He could have taken a broader approach by including all of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. If the radio station was dependent upon Sheffield alone, it would probably have been off the air years ago.

Doncaster Council Watch have submitted a question about the subject matter to the chief executive at Doncaster Council, for him to consider including it on the agenda of the next full council meeting at the Mansion House, Doncaster, on Thursday, December 8. He has been asked that the question be answered by Peter Davies, the elected mayor. Prior to this, on the same day, Doncaster Council Watch will be debating the plight of BBC Radio Sheffield at its public meeting in the large meeting room, Doncaster Central Library, Waterdale, at 11am.

Ray Nortrop, Doncaster