Reproduced immediately below is an email I sent to BBC Radio Four’s ‘Feedback’ programme in September 2011 twice, but neither elicited any response; too English I guess!
BBC Radio Four ‘Feedback’ presenter
To the Producers & Presenter of ‘Feedback’ [for the second time]:
To coin a phrase, the BBC is hideously anti-English! In last week’s [Friday, 30 Sep 2011] Feedback, Martin Chambers of Cockermouth asked “Why it is that England doesn’t have its dedicated national radio station, as does Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?”
Invariably to the fore, the BBC’s ingrained anti-Englishness was immediately demonstrated by Roger Bolton’s carefully scripted response that “Some [unquantified and unidentified] Scots, Welsh and Irish [allegedly] think that England already has one . . . Radio Four” [Ho, ho, ho!]. Never mind the 84% of the BBC’s home audience in England, and never mind even the Northern Irish!
Mr Chambers’ question, as put, was not answered. Feedback’s Producers and Presenter did not say why there is no BBC England, why England does not have her own NATIONAL radio station. Instead, attention was diverted to the Corporation’s reduced expenditure on so called local radio.
Despite there being a BBC Scotland, recordings of programmes such as “Any Questions?” are recorded there with panels invariably packed out with Scots. This practice extends to BBC television with programmes such as “Newsnight” and “Question Time”! In marked contrast, when such programmes are recorded in England, the panels are much more eclectic.
There is a case to answer about the BBC’s treatment of England and her people, but I have yet to see or hear any discussion about these matters in which there was even parity of English representation. By English representation, I mean by individuals who regard their identity as English and have publicly said so, as distinct from those who regard themselves as British and do not identify with England and the English but do not openly do so.
Even worse, I can recall BBC programmes which have been presided over by Scots who have out-numbered the English in discussion about England and her affairs.
The BBC in general and Radio Four in particular has much to answer for.
PS: Have BBC Radio producers ceased acknowledging email feedback now?
Perhaps a ‘Yes’ vote on 18 September next will produce many of the much needed changes.