Letter: Muddled heads in BBC radio

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Sir: As Liz Forgan, managing director of BBC Radio, says, the tradition of children listening to spoken radio has withered since the demise of Children's Hour ('BBC cuts children's programmes', 13 October). However, it was thought worth fostering again when children's programmes began on Radio 5, so why not now?

If children have not flocked to their radio sets, this may be because these programmes seem to have been a secret. Where were the advertisements on television, in newspapers, in children's comics? Where was the information for parents, most of whom will also have lost the habit of spoken radio, being too young to remember Children's Hour 30 years ago. The whole affair strikes me as inconsistent, muddle-headed or worse.

Yours faithfully,


Blewbury, Oxfordshire

13 October