Opened on October 07, 2011
As part of its operational restructuring plans - titled 'Delivering Quality First' - the BBC has responded with a number of sweeping changes which include scrapping the Introducing in Northern Ireland radio show, hosted by Rory McConnell every Sunday night from midnight to 2am.
This show has a remit to provide "the best new unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar music in Northern Ireland" every week and it never fails to deliver on that promise thanks to the talent and expertise of its producers, technical staff and presenter.
Under Rory McConnell BBC Introducing has been a monumental part of how we see the NI scene today. Countless bands and artists have gained the exposer needed get noticed further afield and this has been the only outlet provided by Radio 1 to showcase up-and-coming bands and solo artists from NI to an NI audience. Pretty much all NI success stories from the past decade are where they are today because of early exposure through airplay and live sessions on this show. World renowned NI bands such as Snow Patrol, Ash, Therapy? and lately Two Door Cinema Club have all benefited from this show.
We, the undersigned, call on the BBC to rethink their plans to scrap the Introducing in NI show and, instead, protect and promote this unique programme. This is an ill-thought-out decision that goes against the very ethos of the BBC's remit.
The BBC Trust will consult license fee payers on the plans. The public have until December 21 to respond. This petition will be sent to the BBC Trust to reinforce the message that the public wants to save the Introducing in NI show.
Please 'like' our facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-BBC-Introducing-Northern-Ireland/157659674328281
On Sunday October 9th a group of NI musicians busked outside the BBC buildings in support of the show. We'll be doing a lot more events between now and Dec 21st so keep an eye on the FB page for details.