BBC will not bow to campaign over Radio 4 change
Monday 12 October 1992
The BBC said, however, that it would meet representatives of the 'Campaign to Save Radio 4 Long Wave' tomorrow. The campaign has influential allies. It was revealed at the weekend that Prince Charles has written to Marmaduke Hussey, chairman of the BBC board of governors, asking for full details of the proposed change.
In July, the BBC revealed plans to create a 24-hour news service on long wave and broadcast Radio 4 only on FM by late 1993 or early 1994.
Protesters claim that a substantial percentage of Radio 4 listeners would not be able to get a good-quality FM reception.
The BBC, apparently surprised by the leaked reports of the prince's intervention, claimed yesterday that by the time Radio 4 was taken off long wave, 98 per cent of the population would be able to pick up broadcasts on FM.
By the end of the 1990s, a spokesman said, simultaneous broadcasting would, because of the extension of FM coverage, become redundant. He called for a more balanced debate.
'The fact is that the spine programmes on Radio 4 - the Today programme, for instance - will continue to run on Radio 4 as well as on the new long wave news service. We are simply providing listeners with an extension of choice.'
The spokesman said that the BBC had carried out in-depth research which indicated demand for such a news service.
He pointed to a recent Citizenship survey which asked people to list their listening preferences. Out of 16 possible choices, the notion of a 24-hour news channel came sixth. Radio 1 was the most popular station and Radio 4 the fourth favourite.
Opponents of the change maintain that this supports their claim that people want Radio 4 to remain as it is.
The spokesman said: 'If you look at the history of radio, there has always been anguish about change. When Michael Green (controller of Radio 4) switched the time of Women's Hour recently it caused a lot of concern. But that is now doing very well.'
Sources within the BBC said that there was 'no likelihood' of the decision being reconsidered.
This will not please the large number of listeners determinedly pressing for a change of heart. The campaign, which has received more than 30,000 pledges of support, is planning a silent march on Broadcasting House next week. Petitions are being organised among the 500,000 listeners on the Continent, which can only receive Radio 4 on long wave.
Four years ago, Mr Green pledged that he would never abandon long wave. He said then: 'Let me emphasise once again that there is no question of depriving listeners of long wave . . . The Archers and many other programmes . . . will continue to be heard loud and clear.' This promise was made in response to petitions from overseas listeners worried by rumours of change then circulating in Broadcasting House.
elephant appealThe first 23 lots in our charity auction have now gone. But there are 22 more still up for grabs
Jennifer Lawrence attacks mass media again over body image
scienceScientists find the answer to a question that even puzzled Darwin
A very timely Great Train Robbery and a frantic 24 Hours in A&E among the highlights
Geoffrey Macnab: The Wolf of Wall Street's account of white-collar excess is A Rake’s Progress on steroids
arts + entsThe 'Friends' actor on his new role as campaigner on addiction issues
Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
Colin Farrell reveals ‘affair’ with Elizabeth Taylor: 'She was my last romantic relationship'
Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
Devyani Khobragade: India-US row escalates over arrest of diplomat in New York
Peter O'Toole: Tales of the late film icon
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white
You can STILL be jailed for being a republican, government confirms, and it remains illegal to even 'imagine' overthrowing the Queen
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
Fighting back: the woman giving a voice (and 49,999 others) to the victims of sexism - by giving an airing to their horror stories
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber announces he's 'retiring from music'
- 4 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
- 5 Status: Wet - Woman walks off a pier while checking Facebook on her phone
- < Previous
- Next >
£70000 - £120000 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: Currently recruiting for in...
£68000 - £83000 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: Real Estate Finance Lawyer 2...
£89000 - £96000 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: Looking for clear career pro...
£65000 - £77000 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: Corporate Tax Lawyer 1-3 yea...