Local Radio safe?

Just heard Nick Clegg say on BBC Radio Sheffield that local radio is very important and he can’t imagine it being closed down. Nick Higham (I think it wad him) said to Radio5Live that after talking to the BBC he didn’t think it was an idea that was very high on their agenda.

Shadow minister demands meeting over ‘radio cuts’ | News | Broadcast

Shadow minister demands meeting over ‘radio cuts’

Shadow culture secretary Ivan Lewis has demanded a meeting with BBC bosses over reports that local radio services could be axed and replaced with content from Radio 5 Live.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said proposals had been aired to produce only local breakfast and drive-time shows and fill the gap with 5 Live programmes.

It said this would mean the loss of around 700 jobs and the possible closure of some stations.

Lewis said: ???At a time when Jeremy Hunt is forcing the BBC to spend ??25 million on local TV, it is perverse that the Conservative-led Government cuts may threaten the future of local radio.

???I will be seeking an urgent meeting with the BBC to discuss the range of options under consideration.???

It was reported the proposals were aired as part of the BBC???s Delivering Quality First review, which is tasked with finding savings following the six-year licence-fee freeze.

A BBC spokesman said: ???No decisions have been made so it would be wrong to speculate. It is, of course, only right that BBC staff have an opportunity to input ideas about shaping the BBC???s future.

???The Delivering Quality First sessions are designed to provoke discussion amongst staff about the way the BBC works and any decisions coming out of the process would be subject to approval by the BBC Trust.???

Ivan Lewis is making a good point here.
???At a time when Jeremy Hunt is forcing the BBC to spend ??25 million on local TV, it is perverse that the Conservative-led Government cuts may threaten the future of local radio.”

Coercing people into a brave new digital world | spiked

Coercing people into a brave??new??digital world

A government-backed campaign to get the entire UK adult population online threatens to make cyber slaves of us all.

Why do we think everyone should be online and surfing? There are some really useful observations in this Spiked article. Worth a read.

Labour must seize the “big society” idea from Cameron

Labour must seize the “big society” idea from Cameron

Labour would be foolish to reject David Cameron’s “big society” idea entirely, writes Jonathan Freedland. Cameron likes to suggest that the notion of a big society chimes with an ethos that lies deep in Toryism. Yet whatever ideals pre-industrial Toryism cherished, they are a long way from the worldview of the post-Thatcher Conservative Party. A big society needs people anchored in place and blessed with time, yet Conservative economics grants neither — except to the well-off. Labour needs to seize this idea from Cameron and reclaim its Labour origins — and then improve it. That would start with a realisation that a truly big society does not entail public services on the cheap. Labour should also notice the big gap in Cameron’s big society. His idea rests on the notion that the only obstacle in people’s way is the state. But what is good for the public-sector state is surely good for the private-sector gander.

Big Society needs people anchored in place and blessed with time – I suspect there are not many of these people. Small Society then.

… and the winner is


So¬†at full time it’s undecided. But this isn’t football where you can keep playing until there’s a result; it’s more like cricket. So this match is a draw but it’s only the first in the series. But then it is like football in the sense that a golden goal delivers the prize. So whoever wins the first match gets number 10 and the power. There’s no need to keep playing to the end of the series before we add up the wins.

But it’s a complex game and if enough losers decide they’d rather work together than let the strongest team win then the rainbow coalition wins. History tells us that it doesn’t last long and there is a new deciding match after they all fall out with each other and the agreement collapses.

So the winner of the May 2010 General Election isn’t apparent yet and even if or when it is – it won’t last long.

Don’t put those ballot boxes away – in fact you should start recruiting more officials for the Polling Stations so that everyone can at least place their cross before you lock the doors and start counting.