'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 26th May 2011
All the latest news, info, rumour, gossip, comment and more concerning the Save DJ Ritu's A World in London show on BBC London and Save' Folkwaves' on BBC Radio Derby campaigns! And now also incorporating the Save BBC Local Radio campaign!
First Things First - Three Big Cheers...
...for DJ Ritu whose seminal ex - BBC show was named Podcast of the Week by Time Out Mag on May 12th for the April 20th edition! Heartfelt congrats to Ritu, and well done indeed - it couldn't be more deserved!
And once again DJ Ritu cheers us all up with another fabulous installment of A World in London on Mixcloud! For those not familiar with this show and DJ Ritu, A World in London is the best world music show to have graced British airwaves until it was axed by BBC London, with the last show having gone out on 1st January this year. This is the fifth new AWiL, May 21st cloudcast of cut-down new shows, the first having become available on March 4th. (See also previous versions of this page.) Anything from world beat to folk - oh yes, no fear of the f-word here! - to world jazz, DJ Ritu has it all and then some!
DJ Ritu / A World In London: May 21st 2011 Cloudcast - A World In London brings you the best new global sounds! And it's even embedded at right for your listening pleasure and convenience.
You can also check it out via DJ Ritu's web site, which you should also visit for world music charts, gig guides, the latest 'Hot Tracks' and so much more!
For your convenience, there is a track list of the May 21st show on the right. You can also buy tracks/albums by going to the Mixcloud page and clicking on the 'buy' link next to each track in the playlist!
DJ Ritu and A World in London are back indeed! At least, in a temporary Cloudcast form until BBC London 94.9 can be made to see the grave error of their ways.
In this new A World In London, Ritu pays tribute to broadcaster Big George, and showcases the latest prime tracks from The Balkans, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the melting pot of London! And as you can see and hear, it's another fabulous selection of tracks! Plus there is of course A World In London's Going Global essential gigs guide! The current show features CDs by the fabulous Palestinian oud maestros Le Trio Joubran, Tamikrest, and Cornershop, as well as the amazing Teymour Housego, whose album Haunting Bazaar was reviewed on this site last week as mentioned by DJ Ritu on the show. Ain't she sweet!
Keep checking DJ Ritu's web site for further news!
Playlist May 21st Edition
1 Western Jazz Band -
To find out how you too can help in making the BBC see the error of their ways and help to have DJ Ritu's A World in London, as well as Mick Peat & Lester Simpson's Folkwaves and other 'specialist music' shows reinstated please see further down the page.
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Folkwaves Appeal Rejected
The Folkwaves campaign's appeal to the BBC, spearheaded by Hugh Slaney, was rejected outright by the BBC. This sad news reached us from Hugh Slaney on 19th May.
To quote Mr. Slaney, 'they have refused to hear our appeal, despite the fact that we sent in an appeal of over 3,000 words which in turn was to backup our original case of a similar size the case was dismissed in one paragraph:
"The Panel agreed that the choice of what programmes to keep in the local radio schedule was a management decision as long as it featured specialist music in some form. The panel noted the complainants allegation that there was no specialist music included in the offpeak East Midlands local radio schedule. Whilst it was sympathetic to his concerns, noting that the definition of specialist music is open to interpretation, the panel agreed with the head of editorial standards' view that the complainant had not made a case that specialist music did not feature at all."
They then included a list of what they considered specialist music shows on Nottingham, Leicester and Derby.'
However, this is far from the end of the road for the Bring Back Folkwaves campaign. Further steps are under consideration and in preparation, as indeed they are at the Save AWiL campaign.
Although overall listener figures for BBC Local Radio have been on the increase according to the latest RAJAR figures, this does not seem to be the case for the kind of 'talk shows' that have replaced 'specialist music' programmes like A World in London and Folkwaves and others.
Management in LR are said to be disappointed with the ratings for the new shows.
Among staff, there is also again growing concern about job security and the future of LR. There seems to be an increasing feeling that the increased sharing/networking of programmes within regions - and possibly across - will almost inevitably lead to local stations being combined into regional ones, with consequent closures of some stations.
The forthcoming review of LR by the BBC is once again being anticipated rather nervously in some quarters, it would seem.
For the time being, it seems the wisest thing to do might be to watch carefully what the BBC's 'corridor creatures' get up to over the coming months...
Support The Campaigns And Help Restore A World In London, Folkwaves And Other Shows!
You can find out more about the campaigns and how to support them here:
Save DJ Ritu's A World in London show on BBC London (Facebook)
SOS Skues on Sundays (Facebook)
SAVE BBC RADIO SUFFOLK (Facebook Group)
Save BBC London Radio (Facebook Page)
Please join the fight and help save all these excellent shows and BBC Local Radio itself! Remember, it's your BBC! Make sure the Beeb knows it!
To survive long term, BBC Local Radio needs high quality, popular shows like DJ Ritu's A World in London, Mick Peat and Lester Simpson's Folkwaves, and others. It needs diversity of programming. It needs to differentiate itself from all the undifferentiated pap that (for the most part) is commercial local radio, not emulate it as seems to be the current trend.
Most importantly of all, the BBC needs to be made aware of what its listeners really want (rather than what the BBC thinks its listeners should want!), and they need to be made aware that they have to listen to what people want. Let the BBC know what you want!
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