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Link from World Service and R3 progs to this forum

PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:13 pm
by Chris P
I don't understand why Charlie is not allowed to mention the existence of this forum, or even to link to it from the BBC website. Other BBC programmes are continually linking to and mentioning external 3rd party websites.

The commercial angle does not enter it because this site has nothing it is selling. Not even any adverts. And anyway many of the sites linked to from BBC programmes do have adverts or sell a product.

What's it all about ? Let's have it chapter and verse and then challenge it persuasively.

I would argue it is part of the BBC public service remit to let listeners know of this forum's existence. And part of the World Services outreach remit. Correct me if I'm wrong but surely Charlie doesn't even 'own' this site (hosted by Mondomix, so can't be said to have a commercial interest - or do they pay a little ?)

New members, and in particular from other countries would be really welcome.

Oh and come back soon : Adam, Judith, Nikki and Des (if I've guessed correctly) if any of you are reading. It's not the same without you !

Re: Link from World Service and R3 progs to this forum

PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:53 am
by Charlie
Chris Potts wrote:I would argue it is part of the BBC public service remit to let listeners know of this forum's existence. And part of the World Services outreach remit. Correct me if I'm wrong but surely Charlie doesn't even 'own' this site (hosted by Mondomix, so can't be said to have a commercial interest - or do they pay a little ?)

No money changes hands in any direction, Chris. Mondomix does us a great service by making a lot of space available, and gets nothing measurable in return apart from the number of 'hits' which every website likes to count.

As for the BBC's attitude, it has bothered me a lot, and I will once again pursue this matter with people at the World Service.

Radio 3's line is that they want everybody to use the Message Board on their own site, and don't want me to draw attention to this one, which they see as a rival.

By the way, there are links to this site from the sites of both Radio 3 and the World Service.