Cuts fears for BBC Radio York

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

ABOUT 40 hours of local broadcasting a week are set to be axed by BBC Radio York as it faces up to a 20 per cent cut in its budget.

It is understood the radio station is also set to lose about eight full-time broadcasting jobs out of 34 full-time equivalent jobs, and the station is facing reductions in its sporting coverage.

The proposals have been drawn up for Radio York, which has stations in York, Scarborough and Harrogate, as part of national reductions in spending by the BBC, entitled Delivering Quality First.

The station currently has 106 hours of local broadcasting each week. It is understood the 40-hour reduction could hit afternoon, early evening and weekend music programming, and would also mean a reduction in live coverage of local sports matches. Live weather forecasts from the BBC Yorkshire team into Radio York’s breakfast shows may also be lost.

A BBC spokeswoman said the proposals included there being no early show before 6am, more sharing of programmes with other radio stations at the weekends, a shared afternoon show and an “all England” programme from 7pm to 10pm.

She said: “These proposals protect peak-time programmes, when the audience is highest and the output is the most distinctive. That is breakfast, mid-morning and drive-time programmes, plus sport and faith on Sunday mornings. These are the times of the day when stations deliver the bulk of their journalism.”

York council leader James Alexander said he had agreed to a request by Coun Barbara Boyce to write to the Culture Secretary and the BBC’s director general and chair of governors to ask for a review of funding for local radio.

He feared there would be more national and regional output in York at the expense of local news and programming, as well as a reduction in journalists. He said: “Both are not healthy for local democracy and will lead to local politicians being held less to account.”

The BBC Trust has launched a public consultation on proposed cuts which runs until December 21, with the trust set to reach its conclusions early next year.

Comments should be emailed to dqf.consultation@bbc.co.uk or posted to: Delivering Quality First, BBC Trust, 180, Great Portland Street, London W1W 5QZ.

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11:30am Sat 10 Dec 11

James Street Bare Knuckle Gypsy Fighter says...

They might aswell close it down for all i care. Seriously - does anybody actually listen to Radio York. The vast majority of people listen to Minster, R1,R2 and younger people Galaxy.
They might aswell close it down for all i care. Seriously - does anybody actually listen to Radio York. The vast majority of people listen to Minster, R1,R2 and younger people Galaxy. James Street Bare Knuckle Gypsy Fighter
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11:35am Sat 10 Dec 11

RingoStarr says...

Oh, I can think of quite a few people I know that listen to Radio York...probably not Pikeys though.
Oh, I can think of quite a few people I know that listen to Radio York...probably not Pikeys though. RingoStarr
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12:49pm Sat 10 Dec 11

ian923 says...

The decision not to broadcast commentary for York City away games next season should be reviewed and rescinded.Could well be in League 2 by then.
The decision not to broadcast commentary for York City away games next season should be reviewed and rescinded.Could well be in League 2 by then. ian923
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2:43pm Sat 10 Dec 11

Stan2Attention says...

According to official figures from RAJAR, 94,000 people listen to Radio York, for an average 10.5 hours per week. Minster has 76,000 listeners, who tune in for 7.2 hours a week.
According to official figures from RAJAR, 94,000 people listen to Radio York, for an average 10.5 hours per week. Minster has 76,000 listeners, who tune in for 7.2 hours a week. Stan2Attention
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4:01pm Sat 10 Dec 11

Jiminy Cricket says...

James Street Bare Knuckle Gypsy Fighter wrote:
They might aswell close it down for all i care. Seriously - does anybody actually listen to Radio York. The vast majority of people listen to Minster, R1,R2 and younger people Galaxy.
Shows what you know, Galaxy doesn't even exist any more. It was taken over and re-branded as Capital FM quite some time ago.

Capital is the most listened to station in the area according to RAJAR. Minster FM is quite a long way down the list, so very far from having the "...vast majority...".

As Stan2attention says, Radio York has more listeners and more listening hours than Minster. Minster FM has been rubbish for at least the last 10 years
[quote][p][bold]James Street Bare Knuckle Gypsy Fighter[/bold] wrote: They might aswell close it down for all i care. Seriously - does anybody actually listen to Radio York. The vast majority of people listen to Minster, R1,R2 and younger people Galaxy.[/p][/quote]Shows what you know, Galaxy doesn't even exist any more. It was taken over and re-branded as Capital FM quite some time ago. Capital is the most listened to station in the area according to RAJAR. Minster FM is quite a long way down the list, so very far from having the "...vast majority...". As Stan2attention says, Radio York has more listeners and more listening hours than Minster. Minster FM has been rubbish for at least the last 10 years Jiminy Cricket
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4:41pm Sat 10 Dec 11

sunnysteve says...

Sorry to hear about the cutting of hours to Radio York.As a "Yorkie"
living over here in Mallorca I enjoy catching up with the news and gossip from the old place.It may not be the best radio station in the U.K. but at least it's proper "York news".
Sorry to hear about the cutting of hours to Radio York.As a "Yorkie" living over here in Mallorca I enjoy catching up with the news and gossip from the old place.It may not be the best radio station in the U.K. but at least it's proper "York news". sunnysteve
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5:19pm Sat 10 Dec 11

PKH says...

Stan2Attention wrote:
According to official figures from RAJAR, 94,000 people listen to Radio York, for an average 10.5 hours per week. Minster has 76,000 listeners, who tune in for 7.2 hours a week.
How can anyone listen to Radio York for 10.5 hours a week, whenever I've listen to it they seem to be going over the same things over and over and over again, which just bores me to death
[quote][p][bold]Stan2Attention[/bold] wrote: According to official figures from RAJAR, 94,000 people listen to Radio York, for an average 10.5 hours per week. Minster has 76,000 listeners, who tune in for 7.2 hours a week.[/p][/quote]How can anyone listen to Radio York for 10.5 hours a week, whenever I've listen to it they seem to be going over the same things over and over and over again, which just bores me to death PKH
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5:19pm Sat 10 Dec 11

PKH says...

Stan2Attention wrote:
According to official figures from RAJAR, 94,000 people listen to Radio York, for an average 10.5 hours per week. Minster has 76,000 listeners, who tune in for 7.2 hours a week.
How can anyone listen to Radio York for 10.5 hours a week, whenever I've listen to it they seem to be going over the same things over and over and over again, which just bores me to death
[quote][p][bold]Stan2Attention[/bold] wrote: According to official figures from RAJAR, 94,000 people listen to Radio York, for an average 10.5 hours per week. Minster has 76,000 listeners, who tune in for 7.2 hours a week.[/p][/quote]How can anyone listen to Radio York for 10.5 hours a week, whenever I've listen to it they seem to be going over the same things over and over and over again, which just bores me to death PKH
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8:14pm Sat 10 Dec 11

big boy york says...

as long as they dont get rid of jonathan cowap the only show worth listening to the rest are just air-heads
as long as they dont get rid of jonathan cowap the only show worth listening to the rest are just air-heads big boy york
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12:04am Sun 11 Dec 11

anistasia says...

ian923 wrote:
The decision not to broadcast commentary for York City away games next season should be reviewed and rescinded.Could well be in League 2 by then.
another blow for york our local tv is from leeds its local its needed for local news for local people local events can anyone get radio york on dab radio as in 2015/18ish the govenment are ment to be selling off am/fm so what happens then even the press is printed in bradford its for local people and the local people should have a say
[quote][p][bold]ian923[/bold] wrote: The decision not to broadcast commentary for York City away games next season should be reviewed and rescinded.Could well be in League 2 by then.[/p][/quote]another blow for york our local tv is from leeds its local its needed for local news for local people local events can anyone get radio york on dab radio as in 2015/18ish the govenment are ment to be selling off am/fm so what happens then even the press is printed in bradford its for local people and the local people should have a say anistasia
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12:53am Sun 11 Dec 11

mike1410 says...

Well, I take great pleasure in listening to R York online, here in China and will be sad if it loses it's "local" touch.
Well, I take great pleasure in listening to R York online, here in China and will be sad if it loses it's "local" touch. mike1410
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12:54am Sun 11 Dec 11

mike1410 says...

Well, I take great pleasure in listening to R York online, here in China and will be sad if it loses it's "local" touch.
Well, I take great pleasure in listening to R York online, here in China and will be sad if it loses it's "local" touch. mike1410
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1:07am Sun 11 Dec 11

topumpire1 says...

Cutting sports output will ruin Radio York! But in saying that there are many other clubs in Conference & Flloball league, who also broardcast LIVE commentry, at bootham there is often TWO commentators working, as long as the two stations can work together, then all games can be covered. HOWEVER, the way forward for sports coverage AT lower levels (the 2 Harrogate clubs, in Conference North & Evo stik morthen premier league, plus Pickering, Tadcaster< selby, et al. is to utilise THE club officials to provide more information than just scores/ results, which would actually IMPROVE the coverage. Alos, I see no mention of loss of coverage of the City Knights RL games - If City FC is to lose valuable coverage, surely the knights must lose at least the same? (or is Sharon pulling strings into cutting football and INCREASing RL coverage) The Knights are a minority club but get percentagely more coverage than comparable RU (York/ Malton/ Harrogate/ Northallerton) clubs, who SHARE live reports with other local clubs AND appear to be more important to the RY sports editor.
Cutting sports output will ruin Radio York! But in saying that there are many other clubs in Conference & Flloball league, who also broardcast LIVE commentry, at bootham there is often TWO commentators working, as long as the two stations can work together, then all games can be covered. HOWEVER, the way forward for sports coverage AT lower levels (the 2 Harrogate clubs, in Conference North & Evo stik morthen premier league, plus Pickering, Tadcaster< selby, et al. is to utilise THE club officials to provide more information than just scores/ results, which would actually IMPROVE the coverage. Alos, I see no mention of loss of coverage of the City Knights RL games - If City FC is to lose valuable coverage, surely the knights must lose at least the same? (or is Sharon pulling strings into cutting football and INCREASing RL coverage) The Knights are a minority club but get percentagely more coverage than comparable RU (York/ Malton/ Harrogate/ Northallerton) clubs, who SHARE live reports with other local clubs AND appear to be more important to the RY sports editor. topumpire1
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1:17am Sun 11 Dec 11

topumpire1 says...

The BBC nationally is HAVING to make savage cuts because of theis Tory, sorry CONservative led government, who have no idea of just what local radio is & what a good/ valuable/ economic job they do. In bad weather, local sations are able to get public information out QUICKLY to many people, just imagine, no Radio York & snow means schools closing early: just HOW many phone calls will EACH school have to make - THAT could cost more than cutting local radio free's up! Money saving measures NEED to have been thought through, as the last Labour administration was going to do Saving £*m in one place, could COST £2* from the overall government "pot". Cut road repairs will mean more accidents = more hospital bed-days = more incapacity-sickness pay: etc....
The BBC nationally is HAVING to make savage cuts because of theis Tory, sorry CONservative led government, who have no idea of just what local radio is & what a good/ valuable/ economic job they do. In bad weather, local sations are able to get public information out QUICKLY to many people, just imagine, no Radio York & snow means schools closing early: just HOW many phone calls will EACH school have to make - THAT could cost more than cutting local radio free's up! Money saving measures NEED to have been thought through, as the last Labour administration was going to do Saving £*m in one place, could COST £2* from the overall government "pot". Cut road repairs will mean more accidents = more hospital bed-days = more incapacity-sickness pay: etc.... topumpire1
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1:17am Sun 11 Dec 11

topumpire1 says...

The BBC nationally is HAVING to make savage cuts because of theis Tory, sorry CONservative led government, who have no idea of just what local radio is & what a good/ valuable/ economic job they do. In bad weather, local sations are able to get public information out QUICKLY to many people, just imagine, no Radio York & snow means schools closing early: just HOW many phone calls will EACH school have to make - THAT could cost more than cutting local radio free's up! Money saving measures NEED to have been thought through, as the last Labour administration was going to do Saving £*m in one place, could COST £2* from the overall government "pot". Cut road repairs will mean more accidents = more hospital bed-days = more incapacity-sickness pay: etc....
The BBC nationally is HAVING to make savage cuts because of theis Tory, sorry CONservative led government, who have no idea of just what local radio is & what a good/ valuable/ economic job they do. In bad weather, local sations are able to get public information out QUICKLY to many people, just imagine, no Radio York & snow means schools closing early: just HOW many phone calls will EACH school have to make - THAT could cost more than cutting local radio free's up! Money saving measures NEED to have been thought through, as the last Labour administration was going to do Saving £*m in one place, could COST £2* from the overall government "pot". Cut road repairs will mean more accidents = more hospital bed-days = more incapacity-sickness pay: etc.... topumpire1
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1:18am Sun 11 Dec 11

topumpire1 says...

The BBC nationally is HAVING to make savage cuts because of theis Tory, sorry CONservative led government, who have no idea of just what local radio is & what a good/ valuable/ economic job they do. In bad weather, local sations are able to get public information out QUICKLY to many people, just imagine, no Radio York & snow means schools closing early: just HOW many phone calls will EACH school have to make - THAT could cost more than cutting local radio free's up! Money saving measures NEED to have been thought through, as the last Labour administration was going to do Saving £*m in one place, could COST £2* from the overall government "pot". Cut road repairs will mean more accidents = more hospital bed-days = more incapacity-sickness pay: etc....
The BBC nationally is HAVING to make savage cuts because of theis Tory, sorry CONservative led government, who have no idea of just what local radio is & what a good/ valuable/ economic job they do. In bad weather, local sations are able to get public information out QUICKLY to many people, just imagine, no Radio York & snow means schools closing early: just HOW many phone calls will EACH school have to make - THAT could cost more than cutting local radio free's up! Money saving measures NEED to have been thought through, as the last Labour administration was going to do Saving £*m in one place, could COST £2* from the overall government "pot". Cut road repairs will mean more accidents = more hospital bed-days = more incapacity-sickness pay: etc.... topumpire1
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10:29am Sun 11 Dec 11

Buzz Light-year says...

You still haven't fixed that keyboard I see.
You still haven't fixed that keyboard I see. Buzz Light-year
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3:28pm Sun 11 Dec 11

RooBeck says...

Will this mean that the annual poll-tax - aka the TV Licence fee and currently standing at approx. £146 per.annum, -will be reduced by 20% or perhaps more?? Do hope so! Feel a little bit sorry for the BBC local radio service but as an organisation, the BBC is fast losing it's impartiality, is over-staffed/over bureaucratic and far too expensive!
Will this mean that the annual poll-tax - aka the TV Licence fee and currently standing at approx. £146 per.annum, -will be reduced by 20% or perhaps more?? Do hope so! Feel a little bit sorry for the BBC local radio service but as an organisation, the BBC is fast losing it's impartiality, is over-staffed/over bureaucratic and far too expensive! RooBeck
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10:22am Mon 12 Dec 11

jumpersforgoalposts says...

think you have to look at bbc waste in general, after watching look north one night from new york where they filmed alan ayckbourne (from scarborough!) looking at theatre his play was appearing and getting a few short words comment, then next night from westminster where they got a few words outside the abbey from one of ted hughes friends (from huddersfield!!) i think savings could quite easily be made in other places, instead of financing unecessary all expense paid jaunts sports reports could probably easily be saved. just look at the numbers sent to america in the name of their elections!!!!
think you have to look at bbc waste in general, after watching look north one night from new york where they filmed alan ayckbourne (from scarborough!) looking at theatre his play was appearing and getting a few short words comment, then next night from westminster where they got a few words outside the abbey from one of ted hughes friends (from huddersfield!!) i think savings could quite easily be made in other places, instead of financing unecessary all expense paid jaunts sports reports could probably easily be saved. just look at the numbers sent to america in the name of their elections!!!! jumpersforgoalposts
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