That graphic perfectly sums up the London bias. The internal boroughs of Greater London are shown individually, but the other counties of the region are simply shown as the whole-county name rather than any town/city names from therein.
I wonder whether the London-orbital BBC Local Radio stations (e.g. Three Counties, etc) rate particularly well, simply because they actually sodding well mention news & information from localities that are pretty much ignored by the TV news programme?
No they don't, quite the opposite in fact. The RAJAR website doesn't list BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex separately but, along with Three Counties Radio, they traditionally have the lowest reach of all BBC Local Radio stations outside of the big city stations. I think that's largely due to the wider choice available on FM, with most of the London stations audible as well as our own local stations.
I think in the case of Surrey there's the factor that it was one of the last local stations, launching a decade after its commercial rival and after the 'incremental' stations in London increased the choice.
It wasn't a success and has gone through lots of incarnations and formats, its never really got established. 3CR does better but that's also had several name and format changes
Back to BBC London, their attitude to the outside London areas has always been an odd one Originally they had area reporters who looked after a particular patch, but they were inconsistent - Essex and Hertfordshire had their own, but the other two were South London and West London, who presumably included Surrey and Berkshire, not that anything in Surrey ever got covered
Sussex and Kent they didn't cover as that is Tunbridge Wells patch, even the bits that saw London News, though they sometimes used one of their packages. But Hertfordshire was super served because not only did it have it's own correspondent, but a lot of the editorial staff relocated from Elstree so lived in Hertfordshire
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