LIKE many other listeners to BBC Radio York sport reports, I was devastated to find out that our two favourites, Barry Parker and Sharon Shortle, seem to have been unceremoniously removed from their posts.

This has brought back memories of a few years ago when Barry was sadly removed from his York City commentary position, only to be reinstated a year later.

I cannot believe that such a committed icon of local radio sport could be treated in this way. I am sure Barry must be devastated.

Barry’s deep commitment to York City FC is second to none. It is so evident in the amount of research and knowledge Barry puts into the match commentary for BBC Radio York to make each broadcast amusing and interesting.

I have listened to the new season’s broadcasts from York City and now I no longer look forward to future broadcasts with the same relish. If the reason for Barry and Sharon’s removal is to improve listener numbers, I think Radio York has made a backward step.

I have also written to the station manager to vent my protest and ask for an explanation, with as yet no reply.

Ray Gilpin, Badgerwood Walk, Badger Hill, York.