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The Strand gets cancelled.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:27 pm
by garth cartwright
Very sad news: the long running World Service arts programme the Strand is being culled. I tend to rise around 9am so The Strand at 9.30 has been my breakfast soundtrack for many years. First they get rid of the music slot that Charlie once occupied now they are removing the world's most wide ranging arts programme - what kind of World Service is this? ONe thing for sure - football coverage will not be cut.

Re: The Strand gets cancelled.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:45 pm
by NormanD
garth cartwright wrote:what kind of World Service is this? ONe thing for sure - football coverage will not be cut.
....nor will the phone ins. WS becomes the international equivalent of local radio. Sport and opinions.

As the BBC increasingly faces the chop, it resists by severing its own toes.

Re: The Strand gets cancelled.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:01 pm
by Rob Hall
I believe that, technically, the World Service is currently funded by the Foreign Office. If you want to criticise the BBC, then criticise it for not recognising the World Service for the uniquely wonderful institution it was in the first place, and for allowing it to get into the state where it's funding is so perilous.

I have been listening to the World Service for probably more than 40 years. I have been deeply saddened by its diminution over that period, and the prospect that it may no longer continue to shine a light in the dark hours of the night is just another reason to despair of modern life. Or life in general, come to that.

Re: The Strand gets cancelled.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:05 am
by john poole
Rob Hall wrote:I believe that, technically, the World Service is currently funded by the Foreign Office
But not for much longer
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/oc ... e-73-posts