Monday 19 October 2009

BBcracing - epetition response

We received a petition asking:

“We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to ask the BBC to retain its current levels of horseracing coverage, as befits a public service broadcaster, and to reinstate the 15 days that it currently proposes to scrap from 2010.”

Details of Petition:

“Ten years ago the BBC covered 79 days of horseracing; this year it’s 27; by 2010 it will be only 14 unless the BBC can be reminded of its obligations as a public service broadcaster and scraps plans for emasculating its reportage of a sport which appeals to the widest demographic of all. The consequences go well beyond the leisure preferences of the six million TV licence payers that annually visit racecourses. By cherry picking the dual purpose “social” events such as the Derby, Royal Ascot and the Grand National (which attracted viewing figures of 10 million this time) the BBC is reckless as to the future of the supporting tier. Any reduction in terrestrial exposure will hasten the contraction of the industry, jeopardising 20,000 full-time jobs and the racing industry tax contribution of £280 million a year.”

· Read the petition
· Petitions homepage

Read the Government’s response

The BBC is required to maintain a strong public service broadcasting output. It aims to ensure that licence fee payers have access to varied programming. However, responsibility for what is broadcast on BBC television and radio rests with the BBC, which is independent of the Government.
The BBC’s governing instruments, the Royal Charter and Agreement, place broad obligations on the Corporation in respect of its television and radio services, objectives, programme content and standards. Within this framework detailed decisions on programme content and scheduling are matters for the BBC, reflecting its editorial independence.

The Government believes it is important that the Corporation is aware of the concerns of viewers and listeners, and anyone who wishes to raise their concerns over this issue can contact the BBC in various ways: via the website,, by telephone 03700 100 222, or write to BBC Complaints, PO Box 1922, Glasgow G2 3WT).

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