BBC Radio Cumbria listeners urged to fight cuts

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

RADIO listeners in Cumbria are being urged to fight plans to slash funding to the county’s primary station by 20 per cent.

Despite being the most listened to local station in the country, Radio Cumbria could be the hardest hit in the UK by the BBC’s cost-cutting measures as the corporation aims to save £670 million a year from its budget, leading to about 10 job losses.

The budgets of other local radio stations are being cut by an average of 12 per cent and Cumbrian politicians have vowed to lobby hard against the proposal, which they believe will have a ‘significant impact’.

The station is the most listened to station per head of population in the whole of England, and last year achieved its highest ever audience reach of 39 per cent.

South Lakeland MP Tim Farron has invited Lord Patten, BBC Trust chairman, to the region for a ‘Question Time’ style event with a cross section of listeners expressing their views and quizzing him on the situation.

"I think this news is awful and shows BBC bosses in a very bad light. To me this feels like London elitism of the worst kind. They have agreed to protect Radio 4’s budget whilst slashing the budget of a much loved and valued local service.

“Our local radio station is a pillar in our community and I will do all I can to continue to fight for it.”

The cuts would mean more shared programming with other BBC stations during off-peak times.

Julie Clayton, National Union of Journalists’ representative for the station, said staff knew the cuts were coming but were in shock at how hard they had been hit.

Coun Eddie Martin, Leader of Cumbria County Council, said: "BBC Radio Cumbria is one of the most popular local radio stations in the country - and that's because Cumbrians want to hear about what's going on here.

"They don't get that from local television news as Cumbria falls in the gaps of coverage between Look North in Newcastle and BBC North West in Manchester.”

A spokesman for South Lakeland District Council said: “As a public sector organisation, the council understands and has some sympathy for the difficulties the BBC faces in times of financial constraint. However, any saving’s made should always be made in mind of how they will affect front line services. In this instance it appears the BBC is cutting a vital community service without considering the needs of the community it was set-up to serve.”

BBC director general Mark Thompson said: “This is a plan which means stretching efficiencies and significant job losses.

"It's a plan for a smaller BBC, but a BBC which uses its resources more effectively and collaboratively to deliver a full range of services to the public.”

The plan is out for consultation until December 21 and residents can email their views on the proposed cuts to dqf.consultation@bbc.co.uk

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10:48am Wed 12 Oct 11

Helvellyn55 says...

It is a bit much fo Farron to protest - it is his Government that has foist these cuts onto the BBC. Still hypocrisy is his middle name.
It is a bit much fo Farron to protest - it is his Government that has foist these cuts onto the BBC. Still hypocrisy is his middle name. Helvellyn55
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11:41am Wed 12 Oct 11

Utter says...

The BBC has cut things like BBC Radio Cumbria to be able to 're-invest' in things like strictly come dancing and Radio 4. Tim is right to camapign on this! Well done Tim!
The BBC has cut things like BBC Radio Cumbria to be able to 're-invest' in things like strictly come dancing and Radio 4. Tim is right to camapign on this! Well done Tim! Utter
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1:23pm Wed 12 Oct 11

The Lune Ranger says...

Once again the BBC in London show a complete lack of understanding of the value of local radio. Good performance and good results count for nothing. Radio Cumbria has proved itself time and time again to be much more than entertainment and is often a lifeline to local communities.
Once again the BBC in London show a complete lack of understanding of the value of local radio. Good performance and good results count for nothing. Radio Cumbria has proved itself time and time again to be much more than entertainment and is often a lifeline to local communities. The Lune Ranger
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4:40pm Wed 12 Oct 11

life cycle too says...

The BBC should bare in mind the roll that Radio Cumbria played in the floods that affected Cumbria on two occasions, where they were used not just to keep people informed during the floods, but provided a platform for valuable advice afterwards on a range of matters such as how to rescue photographs and furniture that had been caught up in the flooding.

NO OTHER STATION provides that service, while Radio 4 output is duplicated elsewhere!

The Lamb Bank is another valuable Radio Cumbria initiative which might be affected if early morning programes are axed, as many farmers start work early and will miss the later broadcasts.
The BBC should bare in mind the roll that Radio Cumbria played in the floods that affected Cumbria on two occasions, where they were used not just to keep people informed during the floods, but provided a platform for valuable advice afterwards on a range of matters such as how to rescue photographs and furniture that had been caught up in the flooding. NO OTHER STATION provides that service, while Radio 4 output is duplicated elsewhere! The Lamb Bank is another valuable Radio Cumbria initiative which might be affected if early morning programes are axed, as many farmers start work early and will miss the later broadcasts. life cycle too
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6:41pm Wed 12 Oct 11

Tamsin Tiger says...

Well done to Tim Farron.

Please also sign this petition to save BBC local radio and BBC Radio Cumbria.

To Chris Patten, Chair of The BBC Trust and Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC,

On Thursday 6 October 2011 Mark Thompson unveiled a number of proposals to cut spending at the corporation to respond to freezing of the licence fee.One of these proposals is to reduce programming on BBC Local radio to peak time broadcasts. During the afternoon the stations will amalgamate with other stations. Between 7pm and 10pm there will be national programming shared by every station.

This is devastating news for anyone who values their BBC Local radio station for what it is and what it should be.If these proposals are implemented BBC local radio will be damaged beyond repair and once diluted and destroyed it will be almost impossible to reclaim. BBC local radio has always been at the bottom of the foodchain and is almost underfunded.It does not deserve to become a victim of this attempt to economise.

BBC local radio must be shown respect by those who manage it, they are after all only temporary custodians of it. Their value is to react to the days news both national and local and provide the opportunity for listeners to have their say to local MPs and representatives of councils etc as they are put on air, BBC local radio is very interactive in its 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 parish notice board for communities and it gives considerable coverage to local charities and voluntary groups. BBC Introducing is at the heart of BBC local radio and gives a platform to local bands and musicians.

BBC local radio is part of our democracy at a grass roots level and to damage it will be to damage our democracy.

We the undersigned, value BBC Local Radio and hope that you continue to respect it and protect it as a valuable part of Our BBC. The role of the BBC at a local level is to provide a public service and if it is reduced to a limited service and networked it will be very damaging and will would more than likely spell the end of its life as a broadcasting medium. We come from across the country, including our capital, but are united in support of BBC local radio.



http://www.petitionb
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eindependentbbc

Tamsin

BBC RADIO FORUM
Well done to Tim Farron. Please also sign this petition to save BBC local radio and BBC Radio Cumbria. To Chris Patten, Chair of The BBC Trust and Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC, On Thursday 6 October 2011 Mark Thompson unveiled a number of proposals to cut spending at the corporation to respond to freezing of the licence fee.One of these proposals is to reduce programming on BBC Local radio to peak time broadcasts. During the afternoon the stations will amalgamate with other stations. Between 7pm and 10pm there will be national programming shared by every station. This is devastating news for anyone who values their BBC Local radio station for what it is and what it should be.If these proposals are implemented BBC local radio will be damaged beyond repair and once diluted and destroyed it will be almost impossible to reclaim. BBC local radio has always been at the bottom of the foodchain and is almost underfunded.It does not deserve to become a victim of this attempt to economise. BBC local radio must be shown respect by those who manage it, they are after all only temporary custodians of it. Their value is to react to the days news both national and local and provide the opportunity for listeners to have their say to local MPs and representatives of councils etc as they are put on air, BBC local radio is very interactive in its 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 parish notice board for communities and it gives considerable coverage to local charities and voluntary groups. BBC Introducing is at the heart of BBC local radio and gives a platform to local bands and musicians. BBC local radio is part of our democracy at a grass roots level and to damage it will be to damage our democracy. We the undersigned, value BBC Local Radio and hope that you continue to respect it and protect it as a valuable part of Our BBC. The role of the BBC at a local level is to provide a public service and if it is reduced to a limited service and networked it will be very damaging and will would more than likely spell the end of its life as a broadcasting medium. We come from across the country, including our capital, but are united in support of BBC local radio. http://www.petitionb uzz.com/petitions/th eindependentbbc Tamsin BBC RADIO FORUM Tamsin Tiger
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8:37pm Wed 12 Oct 11

none says...

Its about time that the local-yokel BBC radio services were stopped. The inane drivel about rummage sales,coffee mornings and WI meetings is a waste of money. As for the local news and information, it is all available either online or via commercial radio.
Tamsin (local? I think not) claims it is at the bottom of the food chain, well of course it is, it is a minority service with a tiny audience so what do you expect!
Its about time that the local-yokel BBC radio services were stopped. The inane drivel about rummage sales,coffee mornings and WI meetings is a waste of money. As for the local news and information, it is all available either online or via commercial radio. Tamsin (local? I think not) claims it is at the bottom of the food chain, well of course it is, it is a minority service with a tiny audience so what do you expect! none
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11:52pm Wed 12 Oct 11

life cycle too says...

Radio Cumbria has the highest audience figures of any local radio station in Britain, and in one month last year achieved a record of 39% of the listening audience.

When the floods struck Carlisle, internet, telephone and mobile phone service was lost. Only Radio was still available via portable battery radios.

As a result, the county council has included Radio Cumbria's service in it's emergency planning.

Perhaps None can point us to an internet site that puts farmers with dead ewes or lambs in touch with other farmers, so that orphaned lambs can be found foster parents?

Or perhaps a commercial radio station without "The inane drivel" contained in the commercials that constantly interrupt the programs, and the answer A,B or C type competitions, aimed at listeners of extraordinarily low intelligence?
Radio Cumbria has the highest audience figures of any local radio station in Britain, and in one month last year achieved a record of 39% of the listening audience. When the floods struck Carlisle, internet, telephone and mobile phone service was lost. Only Radio was still available via portable battery radios. As a result, the county council has included Radio Cumbria's service in it's emergency planning. Perhaps None can point us to an internet site that puts farmers with dead ewes or lambs in touch with other farmers, so that orphaned lambs can be found foster parents? Or perhaps a commercial radio station without "The inane drivel" contained in the commercials that constantly interrupt the programs, and the answer A,B or C type competitions, aimed at listeners of extraordinarily low intelligence? life cycle too
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7:18am Thu 13 Oct 11

none says...

DOn't get me wrong- ALL local radio is inane drivel, the point is that commercial radio doesn't cost a penny to those who don't listen to it.
Lamb Bank I'm sure is useful to the dozen or so farmers who listen to it but is it value for money?
Audience share of 16% so only 1 in 6 people of those who listen to the radio in Cumbria are listening to Radio Cumbria? Mmmm, not many when put like that is it?
DOn't get me wrong- ALL local radio is inane drivel, the point is that commercial radio doesn't cost a penny to those who don't listen to it. Lamb Bank I'm sure is useful to the dozen or so farmers who listen to it but is it value for money? Audience share of 16% so only 1 in 6 people of those who listen to the radio in Cumbria are listening to Radio Cumbria? Mmmm, not many when put like that is it? none
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7:00pm Thu 13 Oct 11

wezzyk says...

This radio service is for locals who want to use the service and take advantage of programming provided - if you do not like the so called 'drivel' turn the dial if you know how!!

BBC radio Cumbria is extremely valuable and so is other nationwide local radio services i think a huge chunk of the millions of £ paid to stars of the BBC such as Chris Moyles, Graham Norton and Chris Evans should be scaled back to realistic amounts. Not criticising their talent, but pay levels are outrageous.

It is as Tim states crucial to ask the listeners on this as cutting a service could have a detrimental impact on communities.
This radio service is for locals who want to use the service and take advantage of programming provided - if you do not like the so called 'drivel' turn the dial if you know how!! BBC radio Cumbria is extremely valuable and so is other nationwide local radio services i think a huge chunk of the millions of £ paid to stars of the BBC such as Chris Moyles, Graham Norton and Chris Evans should be scaled back to realistic amounts. Not criticising their talent, but pay levels are outrageous. It is as Tim states crucial to ask the listeners on this as cutting a service could have a detrimental impact on communities. wezzyk
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7:14pm Thu 13 Oct 11

none says...

So lets see a Radio licence or advertising on BBC local radio, or would you rather have your cake and eat it? Oh,and if you don't like over paid tv stars then take your own advice and turn them off (or are you enjoying that cake again)
So lets see a Radio licence or advertising on BBC local radio, or would you rather have your cake and eat it? Oh,and if you don't like over paid tv stars then take your own advice and turn them off (or are you enjoying that cake again) none
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8:42pm Thu 13 Oct 11

Nagsman on the hill says...

But that is the point none we are turning them off and listening to local radio not the over paid celebs.
and no I don't want to listen to half a dozen adverts while waiting for a traffic update.
I'd rather have less Eastenders, comedancing and even less cooking programs.
But dream on.
But that is the point none we are turning them off and listening to local radio not the over paid celebs. and no I don't want to listen to half a dozen adverts while waiting for a traffic update. I'd rather have less Eastenders, comedancing and even less cooking programs. But dream on. Nagsman on the hill
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8:42pm Thu 13 Oct 11

Nagsman on the hill says...

But that is the point none we are turning them off and listening to local radio not the over paid celebs.
and no I don't want to listen to half a dozen adverts while waiting for a traffic update.
I'd rather have less Eastenders, comedancing and even less cooking programs.
But dream on.
But that is the point none we are turning them off and listening to local radio not the over paid celebs. and no I don't want to listen to half a dozen adverts while waiting for a traffic update. I'd rather have less Eastenders, comedancing and even less cooking programs. But dream on. Nagsman on the hill
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9:09pm Thu 13 Oct 11

none says...

You say "WE" but to whom are you referring to other than a tiny minority. You don't want to listen to adverts but you do want all other licence payers to fund a local radio station listened to by you and a few others! Put it this way, if the BBC were spending significant amounts on a daily tv program that was watched by 1 in 6 viewers in one County (and nobody else) would you be kicking up a fuss? No, because you only see what you want to see and refuse to accept that the world is changing, no longer can we all have just exactly what we all want!
You say "WE" but to whom are you referring to other than a tiny minority. You don't want to listen to adverts but you do want all other licence payers to fund a local radio station listened to by you and a few others! Put it this way, if the BBC were spending significant amounts on a daily tv program that was watched by 1 in 6 viewers in one County (and nobody else) would you be kicking up a fuss? No, because you only see what you want to see and refuse to accept that the world is changing, no longer can we all have just exactly what we all want! none
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11:01pm Thu 13 Oct 11

life cycle too says...

Cumbria has a population of just under half a million, and according to RAJAR polls, 147,000 listen to Radio Cumbria every week, and is the most listened to local BBC station in the country.

RAJAR says Lakeland Radio has 15,000 listeners.

Radio Cumbria is doing better than Radio 4 - Radio 4's share of the total radio audience is 12.5%

Perhaps None could now use his maths to explain why the BBC is supporting Radio 4 s existing budget, while reducing Cumbria's budget by 20%?
Cumbria has a population of just under half a million, and according to RAJAR polls, 147,000 listen to Radio Cumbria every week, and is the most listened to local BBC station in the country. RAJAR says Lakeland Radio has 15,000 listeners. Radio Cumbria is doing better than Radio 4 - Radio 4's share of the total radio audience is 12.5% Perhaps None could now use his maths to explain why the BBC is supporting Radio 4 s existing budget, while reducing Cumbria's budget by 20%? life cycle too
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7:41am Fri 14 Oct 11

none says...

Because Radio 4 is of National importance whereas Radio Cumbria is about nothing. Anything that is broadcast on RC that is important is already broadcast on commercial radio. Now you can be as snobby and self important as you like but the reality is that the BBC has a limited budget and the only sensible option is to concentrate on important, popular and national programming and leave the coffee morning/lamb bank drivel to the commercial boys.
Because Radio 4 is of National importance whereas Radio Cumbria is about nothing. Anything that is broadcast on RC that is important is already broadcast on commercial radio. Now you can be as snobby and self important as you like but the reality is that the BBC has a limited budget and the only sensible option is to concentrate on important, popular and national programming and leave the coffee morning/lamb bank drivel to the commercial boys. none
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7:55am Fri 14 Oct 11

none says...

And you can massage the figures anyway you like, but to keep it simple (I will avoid personal insults, I am better than that) 10million listeners for Radio 4 and 147,000 for Radio Cumbria- Where would you concentrate limited resourses?
You know I am right, deep down you know I am always right!
And you can massage the figures anyway you like, but to keep it simple (I will avoid personal insults, I am better than that) 10million listeners for Radio 4 and 147,000 for Radio Cumbria- Where would you concentrate limited resourses? You know I am right, deep down you know I am always right! none
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3:35pm Fri 14 Oct 11

jimjames says...

I guess I'll be shouted down as past experience of forums on here shows how fiercely "cumbrian" you all seem to be. But here in Furness I know nobody who gives a fig for radio cumbria. Indeed it is generally termed Radio Carlisle and ignored as nobody here seems that interested in news from what are seen as alien places!

One local chat forum bemoans the fact that only 20% of cash is being cut, 100% is recommended. Another comes out 95% pro Lancashire.

So please don't run away with the assumption that "everybody" cares, they don'T!
I guess I'll be shouted down as past experience of forums on here shows how fiercely "cumbrian" you all seem to be. But here in Furness I know nobody who gives a fig for radio cumbria. Indeed it is generally termed Radio Carlisle and ignored as nobody here seems that interested in news from what are seen as alien places! One local chat forum bemoans the fact that only 20% of cash is being cut, 100% is recommended. Another comes out 95% pro Lancashire. So please don't run away with the assumption that "everybody" cares, they don'T! jimjames
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4:42pm Fri 14 Oct 11

gadgetgadget says...

none wrote:
And you can massage the figures anyway you like, but to keep it simple (I will avoid personal insults, I am better than that) 10million listeners for Radio 4 and 147,000 for Radio Cumbria- Where would you concentrate limited resourses?
You know I am right, deep down you know I am always right!
If "none" is right on this subject then our democratically elected representatives at Cumbria County Council might agree with "none" - they don't (!) (see link below) - what a surprise NOT !!

http://www.thewestmo
rlandgazette.co.uk/n
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cabinet_attacks_Radi
o_Cumbria_cuts/

Shame some users here can't control their egos and think they are ALWAYS right !!
[quote][p][bold]none[/bold] wrote: And you can massage the figures anyway you like, but to keep it simple (I will avoid personal insults, I am better than that) 10million listeners for Radio 4 and 147,000 for Radio Cumbria- Where would you concentrate limited resourses? You know I am right, deep down you know I am always right![/p][/quote]If "none" is right on this subject then our democratically elected representatives at Cumbria County Council might agree with "none" - they don't (!) (see link below) - what a surprise NOT !! http://www.thewestmo rlandgazette.co.uk/n ews/9304951.Council_ cabinet_attacks_Radi o_Cumbria_cuts/ Shame some users here can't control their egos and think they are ALWAYS right !! gadgetgadget
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7:50pm Fri 14 Oct 11

Wilson Grizleymire says...

jimjames wrote:
I guess I'll be shouted down as past experience of forums on here shows how fiercely "cumbrian" you all seem to be. But here in Furness I know nobody who gives a fig for radio cumbria. Indeed it is generally termed Radio Carlisle and ignored as nobody here seems that interested in news from what are seen as alien places!

One local chat forum bemoans the fact that only 20% of cash is being cut, 100% is recommended. Another comes out 95% pro Lancashire.

So please don't run away with the assumption that "everybody" cares, they don'T!
I agree with the lad from Barra. Radio Carlisle is appen a better name. I live south of Kendal but north of the Lancs border,an area ignored for most of the time by Border news,Granada news, North west tonight,Radio Cumbria and Radio Lancashire. Meby that's due to nowt gannin on ! just champion.
On't t'other hand if people get pleasure and service let's just leave it as it is.
[quote][p][bold]jimjames[/bold] wrote: I guess I'll be shouted down as past experience of forums on here shows how fiercely "cumbrian" you all seem to be. But here in Furness I know nobody who gives a fig for radio cumbria. Indeed it is generally termed Radio Carlisle and ignored as nobody here seems that interested in news from what are seen as alien places! One local chat forum bemoans the fact that only 20% of cash is being cut, 100% is recommended. Another comes out 95% pro Lancashire. So please don't run away with the assumption that "everybody" cares, they don'T![/p][/quote]I agree with the lad from Barra. Radio Carlisle is appen a better name. I live south of Kendal but north of the Lancs border,an area ignored for most of the time by Border news,Granada news, North west tonight,Radio Cumbria and Radio Lancashire. Meby that's due to nowt gannin on ! just champion. On't t'other hand if people get pleasure and service let's just leave it as it is. Wilson Grizleymire
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8:42pm Fri 14 Oct 11

Nagsman on the hill says...

Sorry but why is Radio 4 of National importance?
Sorry but why is Radio 4 of National importance? Nagsman on the hill
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9:15pm Fri 14 Oct 11

none says...

If you need to ask then you don't need to know.
If you need to ask then you don't need to know. none
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10:14pm Fri 14 Oct 11

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Radio 4 is of national importance because The Archers are on it...but seriously, it has influence because all major politicians want to be on the news programmes. I've never listened to Radio Cumbria - perhaps that's their problem: lack of public profile. For news I prefer this website.
Radio 4 is of national importance because The Archers are on it...but seriously, it has influence because all major politicians want to be on the news programmes. I've never listened to Radio Cumbria - perhaps that's their problem: lack of public profile. For news I prefer this website. Milkbutnosugarplease
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10:31pm Fri 14 Oct 11

none says...

There seems to be a pattern emerging here, there is a tiny but loyal group of Radio Cumbria listeneres but the majority of Cumbrians find no use whatsoever for it. Surely the only sensible option is for BBC local radio to be funded by advertising
There seems to be a pattern emerging here, there is a tiny but loyal group of Radio Cumbria listeneres but the majority of Cumbrians find no use whatsoever for it. Surely the only sensible option is for BBC local radio to be funded by advertising none
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12:17am Sat 15 Oct 11

Lakeuk says...

Looking through the listener figures Radio Cumbria has more listeners than any of the local commercial stations and also those listen for longer compared to the commercial stations

BBC local radio broadcast programming that local commercial stations will never provide - could you see lakeland or the bay doing 2hrs of live breakfast news with no music, Radio Cumbria does a lot of reporting in the South Lakes. Like wise the commercial radio play music that BBC Local radio would never play.

Personally I don't think the plans are to bad but that's assuming any cuts don't eat into the programmes that will stay local. I think there's opportunity for some a good regional phone in programme in a evening slot, there used to be one. The nearest on is City Talk in Liverpool, in the evening they have Pete Price getting irate at local scouse callers losing the plot
Looking through the listener figures Radio Cumbria has more listeners than any of the local commercial stations and also those listen for longer compared to the commercial stations BBC local radio broadcast programming that local commercial stations will never provide - could you see lakeland or the bay doing 2hrs of live breakfast news with no music, Radio Cumbria does a lot of reporting in the South Lakes. Like wise the commercial radio play music that BBC Local radio would never play. Personally I don't think the plans are to bad but that's assuming any cuts don't eat into the programmes that will stay local. I think there's opportunity for some a good regional phone in programme in a evening slot, there used to be one. The nearest on is City Talk in Liverpool, in the evening they have Pete Price getting irate at local scouse callers losing the plot Lakeuk
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12:56pm Sun 16 Oct 11

life cycle too says...

The BBC Local stations USED to combine at night - the 5 Live offering is poor in comparison.

What is disheartening is that THE most listened to BBC station in terms of percentages and hours listened, is being forced to take a 20% hit in funds, while the average is 12% - an average already raised by Cumbria's 20%!
It is not JUST the quality of radio output that will be affected.
When an Ulverston man and his son were missing on the sands, the BBC TV report was voiced by Radio Cumbria's Neil Smith.
The Foot & Mouth coverage was based on work done by Radio Cumbria.
Lockerbie crash? Radio Cumbria forst on scene and providing feed to BBC national TV and radio.

In addition, Radio Cumbria has been the station where several TV celebrities have cut their teeth.
IF the BBC persist with the planned cuts, the whole of the BBC will suffer in the future, and the local people will find themselves worse off now and in the future.
The BBC Local stations USED to combine at night - the 5 Live offering is poor in comparison. What is disheartening is that THE most listened to BBC station in terms of percentages and hours listened, is being forced to take a 20% hit in funds, while the average is 12% - an average already raised by Cumbria's 20%! It is not JUST the quality of radio output that will be affected. When an Ulverston man and his son were missing on the sands, the BBC TV report was voiced by Radio Cumbria's Neil Smith. The Foot & Mouth coverage was based on work done by Radio Cumbria. Lockerbie crash? Radio Cumbria forst on scene and providing feed to BBC national TV and radio. In addition, Radio Cumbria has been the station where several TV celebrities have cut their teeth. IF the BBC persist with the planned cuts, the whole of the BBC will suffer in the future, and the local people will find themselves worse off now and in the future. life cycle too
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4:08pm Tue 18 Oct 11

life cycle too says...

Since this comment thread started, I have tried to pay attention to the articles on Radio Cumbria which are not Carlisle orientated.
South Cumbria has had a good deal of coverage of one sort or another.
A lot of information over the past few days has related to the weather and road conditions - something which will never be covered in enough detail by Radio 4!
Since this comment thread started, I have tried to pay attention to the articles on Radio Cumbria which are not Carlisle orientated. South Cumbria has had a good deal of coverage of one sort or another. A lot of information over the past few days has related to the weather and road conditions - something which will never be covered in enough detail by Radio 4! life cycle too
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8:48pm Tue 18 Oct 11

none says...

Local weather, traffic and travel is all available on the Gazette website, Lakeland radio (radio & website), The Bay(radio & website) , Met Office website, BBC weather (local, regional & National) and by looking out of your window.
All media outlets use the same original sources for travel and weather information so the output is usually the same. Thousands of people have not listened to Radio Cumbria in the last few days but they have not been running around panicking because they had no idea is was a bit windy outside. They are however at a loss to the current situation regarding the next coffee morning to be held at the Marchesi centre.
Local weather, traffic and travel is all available on the Gazette website, Lakeland radio (radio & website), The Bay(radio & website) , Met Office website, BBC weather (local, regional & National) and by looking out of your window. All media outlets use the same original sources for travel and weather information so the output is usually the same. Thousands of people have not listened to Radio Cumbria in the last few days but they have not been running around panicking because they had no idea is was a bit windy outside. They are however at a loss to the current situation regarding the next coffee morning to be held at the Marchesi centre. none
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10:43am Wed 19 Oct 11

life cycle too says...

Online weather and traffic reports are of little use to those who either do not have internet access, or are on the move.

If you were setting off for Scotland for instance, and wanted reliable traffic condition reports, there would be little point in listening to the Bay or Lakeland Radio, then having to try and find another commercial station once you leave Kendal or Windermere!

I have difficulty in seeing even Ambleside from my window, let alone Scotland or Lancashire.

With RDS, you can at least rely on BBC local providers to cover the whole of the country without need to find other local stations! I have yet to find a national BBC station that gave anything but traffic reports for the M25!

Are you suggesting that the Marchesi Centre and hundreds of other COMMUNITY services should be denied an outlet to the elderly and caring members of the listening public, while the elitist Radio 4 output is allowed to continue without facing similar cuts to it's budget?
Online weather and traffic reports are of little use to those who either do not have internet access, or are on the move. If you were setting off for Scotland for instance, and wanted reliable traffic condition reports, there would be little point in listening to the Bay or Lakeland Radio, then having to try and find another commercial station once you leave Kendal or Windermere! I have difficulty in seeing even Ambleside from my window, let alone Scotland or Lancashire. With RDS, you can at least rely on BBC local providers to cover the whole of the country without need to find other local stations! I have yet to find a national BBC station that gave anything but traffic reports for the M25! Are you suggesting that the Marchesi Centre and hundreds of other COMMUNITY services should be denied an outlet to the elderly and caring members of the listening public, while the elitist Radio 4 output is allowed to continue without facing similar cuts to it's budget? life cycle too
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