Opened on March 24, 2011
To Chris Patten, chair of The BBC Trust and Tony Hall , Director General ofthe BBC,The BBC is funded by the public and must have the integrity andresponsibility to that public to manage public funds with honesty and moraljudgment and deliver public service broadcasting to the highest standard.It has failed.On Thursday 6 October 2011 Mark Thompson unveiled a number of proposals tocut spending at the corporation to respond to freezing of the licencefee.One of these proposals is to reduce programming on BBC Localradio.Although scaled back after public protest we have been told that £8 msavings will have to be made. As a consequence we have seen local stationscut back to the bone, often struggling to provide the service that isneeded. There is now a national show operating at peak time evenings inorder to save money. This show has recently recorded the lowest everlistening figures ever recorded in that time slot. BBC London no longeroperates an overnight service in our capital. Weekend broadcasting has beenreduced to pre recorded shows in many areas and those covering sport areunable to provide split programming to cater for it's audience.This is now unacceptable. Mark Thompson and others who authorised these cutsstating that they had to be made, were in fact abusing their positions ofpower and can no longer engender public trust. The amount of severancepayments made during the period that BBC local radio was being cut totals£25 m . This is a huge amount of public money. And it must be notedthat also during this period the BBC lost £100 m in the failed and badlymonitored Digital Media Initiative.There has been no protection of public money.BBC local radio must be shown respect by those who manage it, they are afterall only temporary custodians of it. The value of BBC local radio is toreact to the days news ,both national and local ,and provide the opportunityfor listeners to voice their opinions and have their say to local MPs and representatives ofcouncils etc as they are put on air, BBC local radio is very interactive in it's nature and many listeners rely upon it as a point of social contact. It is also an invaluable source of local information and news.It also acts as a parishnotice board for communities and it gives considerable coverage to local charities and voluntary groups. BBC Introducing is at the heart of BBC localradio and gives a platform to local bands and musicians.BBC local radio is an important part of our democracy and it has beendamaged by those who have abused their positions of power.We the undersigned, value BBC Local Radio and hope that you will nowrespect it and protect it as a valuable part of Our BBC. We request that aproper BBC local radio service is restored and that the proposed £8m cutsabandoned as a matter of urgency to restore public trust . We also insistthat a review of all the local stations is conducted to ensure that theyhave the correct funding to operate a public service that the staff andpublic deserve. This should be a transparent process and correctly monitoredon behalf of the public.We come from across the country , including our capital but are united inour determination to save BBC local radio from the damage inflicted upon itby those who have shown a shocking disregard for the public that they werecharged to serve.This petition has been reactivated by it's author on 24/8/2013 to reflect deeply held concern about cuts being applied to BBC local radio and the abuse of public funds by senior BBC management who have applied the cuts and the lack of governance and monitoring by the BBC Trust.The last comment recorded as 3,495 is noted as part of the previous text.Please consider this as a new campaign and your comments will be an important part of that campaign. For further information please contact the author or visit the BBC Radio Forum.