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BBC Local Radio Consultation

The BBC is currently looking to make substantial savings and one area under threat is BBC local radio.

One option being considered is reducing BBC Radio Cumbria's output to a Breakfast Show and a Drivetime Show, the rest of the time we would broadcast output from 5live.
This would mean that the news service would be greatly reduced as would the ability to hold local decision makers to account. Perhaps most seriously it would make it impossible for us to 'ramp up' our reaction to local emergencies - foot and mouth / Carlisle floods 2005 / floods of 2009 / west Cumbrian shootings.

In those cases we were able to use our local knowledge and local staff to react immediately on air, change our scheduling to keep our listeners up to date. We were there alongside the people of Cumbria.
Our local religious broadcasting has won awards and at times of crisis we've been able to unite the county with virtual services.

The station does much more than that, we cover local sport in a way that would be lost if we became part of a regional opt out. We provide detailed local weather and travel news, we cover local events and our entertainment programmes are based here in the county. Many listeners feel they have a direct relationship with presenters, sports commentators and programme teams which they don't have with national network radio stations. We speak to BBC licence fee payers every day.

Local BBC radio provides a unique service which is unlikely to be picked up by commercial broadcasters.
Here in Cumbria more than a third of the county listen to us regularly - more than any other radio station. BBC management will be deciding which areas to cut soon - we have an opportunity to tell them how important BBC local radio is.  We'd be grateful for your support.

Please reply to savebbccumbria@gmail.com but please feel free to use the feedback form found at this address....
http://faq.external.bbc.co.uk/questions/contact and mark it for the attention of the Director General Mark Thompson.

We would prefer it if you write direct to the DG his address is;
Mark Thompson - Director General
White City,
Wood Lane
London
W12 7RJ

And to ....
BBC Trust
BBC Trust Unit
180 Great Portland Street
London
W1W 5QZ
trust.enquiries@bbc.co.uk

And regionally...
Phil Roberts - Head of Regional and Local Programming
Broadcasting centre
Barrack Road
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
NE 99 1 RN

Thank you
Julie Clayton
National Union of Journalists (MoC BBC Cumbria)

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