Sunday, November 20, 2016


My report of the #saveBBCradio meeting at Westminster missed the BBC's participation.

Director of Radio and Education James Purnell sent his new No 2, Bob. This from the NUJ notes of events.....

Bob Shennan told the meeting that the status quo was untenable. He said there had been talk of radio production going the same ways as TV with 100 per cent being put out to tender. He admitted the BBC had been put under pressure from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and politicians to go further than to 60 per cent, but eventually they came up with a deal that RIG [Radio Independents Group] could agree to. He admitted the tendering process would shift resources away from programme making, but said the BBC’s in-house production would benefit from the competition and would win out because of its quality. “Just because 60 per cent is put out to tender, it does not mean that 60 per cent will go out of the BBC,” he said.

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