AS a regular listener to BBC Radio’s popular Sunday half-hour request programme, I am not happy with the Controller’s decision to reschedule the broadcast to a ridiculously early Sunday morning slot (6am-7am) simply because Sunday evening listening figures have gone down.
He said in reply to my letter of complaint he felt that more folk might hear the programme at the new time. He offered no apology for the inconvenience caused to middle-aged and older listeners who would have to put themselves through the hassle of trying to keep awake every Sunday in order not to miss the start of the hour-long show.
He gave me to understand that people could actually hear the programme at any hour of the day if they had access to modern technology which enables one to do so. Certainly not me!
I do feel that Radio 2 will lose a large proportion of its Sunday listeners who have got neither the internet nor a BBC iPlayer, and, like me, have no wish to wake up at the ungodly hour of six o’clock in order to hear the new programme. I also feel that the BBC’s decision to move the programme to its new time was a rather underhand way of trying to marginalise the Christian faith. They gave us little time to react before the first programme was broadcast. Also, each Sunday presenter has been allocated a two-hour slot from 7am to 11pm. Not so the presenter of The Sunday Hour show. She has been sidelined to a most inappropriate time. The decision in my opinion was very inconsiderate and with no concern whatsoever for the feelings of older listeners who are just expected to ‘grin and bear it’.
I would suggest that those listeners who feel hurt and wish to complain to the powers that be should make their feelings known by writing to The Sunday Hour Programme Producer at Dock House, Media City UK, Salford M50 2LH. I wonder what our religious commentators think about the change?