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John288 posts since 27 Oct 2004
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Depends on Inside Out I suppose!


Anne Davies managed to combine being the presenter of the East Midland Inside Out as well as anchoring East Midlands Today until Marie Ashby replaced her on the former.

I wonder if the programme will go single headed in the Autumn as part of the BBC wide budget cuts, hence Suzanne was only given a short new contract?

I rather like Sarah Falkland, and Mary Rhodes seems to have more authority than Suzanne did, anyone but Malin....
Westy24,345 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Uh oh Doolan's going on Twitter!

(Gives him another excuse to use the E double D double OO L A N jingle he's had for years!)

Won't make me go on Twitter though!

Other news, Flupton has had his leaving party from WM. (I'm assuming Pete Morgan has now left Stoke to prepare his takeover of WM Breakfast?)
Westy24,345 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Must admit I'm intrigued, how with all these budget cuts, BBC WM can produce it's own standalone, not shared with with any other station, late night weekday late show? (The Graham Torrington thing, in case you're wondering?)

Where has the budget been shaved to do this then?

(Wonder how it'll last, before budget cuts eventually get it?)

The Beeb are always pleading poverty, so you have to wonder!
Jon7,870 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today
Must admit I'm intrigued, how with all these budget cuts, BBC WM can produce it's own standalone, not shared with with any other station, late night weekday late show? (The Graham Torrington thing, in case you're wondering?)

Where has the budget been shaved to do this then?

(Wonder how it'll last, before budget cuts eventually get it?)

The Beeb are always pleading poverty, so you have to wonder!


My best guess it Graham Torrington's show will end up going out on the other West Midlands stations in the end.

Don't forget 10pm was intended to remain regional after the 7pm show became an England wide programme. And cuts aren't expected to be so biting to BBC Local Radio, that originally suggest by DQF.
cityprod1,961 posts since 3 Oct 2005
Westcountry Spotlight
Must admit I'm intrigued, how with all these budget cuts, BBC WM can produce it's own standalone, not shared with with any other station, late night weekday late show? (The Graham Torrington thing, in case you're wondering?)

Where has the budget been shaved to do this then?

(Wonder how it'll last, before budget cuts eventually get it?)

The Beeb are always pleading poverty, so you have to wonder!


Erm, radio programming isn't a big budget medium. It used to be said that 1 episode of Bergerac was the same as Radio Cornwall's funding for a year. I'm sure these days, the comparison could be made with one episode of Doctor Who or Sherlock, though closer to the truth would be the cost of the whole series rather than just 1 episode.

That's why the whole idea of cutting local radio is so unfair as the nature of the stations means there isn't a heckuva lot of wasted money in local radio. Whereas you could argue otherwise about many other parts of the BBC.