UUP plea for rural Twelfth coverage

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy

UUP MLA Danny Kennedy has urged the BBC to improve its coverage of rural Twelfth demonstrations.

And the Stormont Transport Minister has also suggested that the corporation broadcast the weekend weather forecast on the Eleventh from Markethill – which is hosting a flagship Twelfth demonstration the next day.

Mr Kennedy said forecaster Angie Phillips and her colleagues would be made “very welcome” in Markethill.

“For some time now I have been lobbying the BBC to improve its coverage of the Twelfth, particularly in rural areas,” he said.

The BBC responded that it has been in correspondence with the UUP man.

“BBC NI will be providing dedicated coverage of the Orange Order demonstration in Markethill on July 12, making use of our outside broadcast facilities,” a spokesman said.

“We expect that community events being organised in the local area on July 11 will be mentioned as part of this programme. We have no plans to broadcast live weather reports from Markethill on these dates.”