BBC Radio Merseyside Folkscene is the country's oldest folk radio show. Stan Ambrose and Geoff Speed set up this excellent programme 44 years ago with their own money and have made it what it is today: the most listened to folk music programme on local radio. As you probably know, the BBC intends to make cuts by taking off the air such programmes. If they do, Radio Merseyside will end up sharing programmes with other regions of the country, almost certainly not folk, most likely current pop and golden oldies programmes. If you object, you have the following options:
- Write to the Director-General of the BBC Mark Thompson and the BBC Trust which is currently carrying out a review of local radio. It's important to stress the uniqueness of Radio Merseyside Folkscene service, how NO OTHER station does what 'Folkscene' does and how important it is in reflecting the culture of the area please. Mark Thompson's e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org and the BBC Trust's is email@example.com This is probably the best option.
- Visit the complaints page of the BBC website and make (in the strongest terms) your objection to this type of cut. Website.
- Write to Mick Ord, Editor of Radio Merseyside to express your support for Folkscene. By e-mail. By fax: 0151 794 0909. By post to: BBC Radio Merseyside, 31 College Lane, Liverpool, L1 3DS. Mark your e-mail, letter or fax: “For the attention of Mick Ord”.