Back in November 2011 we published an article entitled WE NEED YOUR HELP to save Folkscene, and protect Radio Merseyside. This call to arms was in response to the Director-General’s proposals to slash budgets for BBC local radio stations across the country and to force stations to share programming at all but peak times. This would have had a catastrophic effect on Radio Merseyside and would have seen the loss of most of the special interest programmes, including Folkscene.
Thanks to the vociferous campaigning from across the country, and from Merseyside in particular (well done us!), the Chair of the BBC Trust rejected the proposals as disproportionately unfair, and ordered the D-G to think again.
The new proposals, which were accepted by the BBC Trust, saw a significant reduction in the level of savings required from local radio. The impact on BBC Radio Merseyside is as follows.
Obviously here at Liverpool Acoustic we’re delighted that Folkscene has been saved.
Presented by Geoff Speed and Stan Ambrose (as it has been for 45 years!) Folkscene can now be found every Sunday afternoon from 4.00pm to 5.00pm, and is available to Listen Again online for seven days afterwards. As others have already noted, the show has gone from twice a week (Thursday show, repeated the following Tuesday) to once a week, and in it’s new time slot is at the mercies of the Sunday football schedules, meaning fewer regular shows over the year. However, by way of compensation, the Folkscene presenters have been asked to put together extra shows to be broadcast over Bank Holiday weekends, so it’s not all bad.
We’d like to thank each and every one of you who helped in any way, however small, during the campaign. We can honestly say that we made a difference.
On a side note we’d also like to send our best wishes to sports presenter Alan Jackson who retired at the beginning of the year. Alan was a natural broadcaster with a knowledge and enthusiasm for sport that shone through whenever he was on the air, and his highly distinctive voice will be missed by sports fans right across the region.
Radio Merseyside and Folkscene update
Liverpool Acoustic is the only website of its kind in the UK. It was founded by Graham Holland in April 2008 as a central resource for the vibrant and exciting acoustic music scene in Liverpool and the Greater Merseyside area. The website publishes news from the local acoustic music scene, previews of upcoming events, reviews of music releases and gigs, and the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight podcast. This content is available for free via email subscription. The diary lists acoustic events including festivals, theatre concerts, folk clubs, showcases and open mic nights.
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