'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 16th June 2011

All the latest news, info, rumour, gossip, comment and more concerning the Save DJ Ritu's A World in London show on BBC London and Save' Folkwaves' on BBC Radio Derby campaigns! And now also incorporating the Save BBC Local Radio campaign!

Three More Very Big Cheers...

...for DJ Ritu who over the last week has provided us with not just one but two new Cloudcasts!

First, there is DJ Ritu. Spiced! - the finest selection of Indian beats, from the genres of Bollywood, bhangra, and Asian fusion. Spiced! was first broadcast by Funkhaus Europa in Germany but is now available on Mixcloud and of course also embedded here at right for your listening convenience and pleasure!

And then DJ Ritu presents us with a fabulous A World in London Sona Jobarteh Special June 2011 on Mixcloud - and, of course, also embedded here at right! Talented singer/composer and unique kora-player, Sona Jobarteh, joined Ritu at SOAS Radio this month. In this exclusive interview she talks about her excellent new album, Fasiya, and her life-travels through music from West Africa, to The Royal College of Music, SOAS, and more! Hear some of Sona's superb songs right here.

For those not familiar with this show and DJ Ritu, A World in London is the best world music show to have graced British airwaves until it was axed by BBC London, with the last show having aired on 1st January this year. This is a new 'June Special' AWiL, with regular new AWILs having been made available by DJ Ritu since March 4th. (See also previous versions of this page.) Anything from world beat to folk - oh yes, no fear of the f-word here! - to world jazz, DJ Ritu has it all and then some!

You can also check these Cloudcasts out via DJ Ritu's web site, which you should also visit for world music charts, gig guides, the latest 'Hot Tracks' and so much more!

AWiL is now also available from Radio Groovalizacion podcasts!

DJ Ritu and A World in London are back indeed! At least, in a temporary Cloudcast form until BBC London 94.9 can be made to see the grave error of their ways.

DJ Ritu. Spiced! by Djritu on Mixcloud

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DJ Ritu. 'A World In London'. Sona Jobarteh special! June 2011. by Djritu on Mixcloud

To find out how you too can help in making the BBC see the error of their ways and help to have DJ Ritu's A World in London, as well as Mick Peat & Lester Simpson's Folkwaves and other 'specialist music' shows reinstated please see further down the page.

Help make a difference!

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What Else?

There is no concrete news from the various campaigns at present. However, this does not mean that the AWiL and Folkwaves campaigns are lying down dead by any means!

Of course, we are now well into the summer months so everybody tends to spend less time on their computers, so consequently things are a little bit quiet on the respective Facebook pages and other online campaign resources.

However, don't let this dishearten you and let you think that nothing is happening! Behind the scenes, the campaign organisers remain busy considering further steps and working on strategies, rest assured.

The Rotten House Of The BBC

Recently, Hugh Slaney posted an excerpt from a very revealing article by Jeff Randell, ex-business editor of the BBC, on the Save' Folkwaves' on BBC Radio Derby Facebook page.

According to Randell, '... it is an institution with a thick layer of egregiously poor management. For every journalist foot-soldier, gamely filing reports from war zones, there is, back at HQ, a battalion of worse-than-useless, middle-ranking meddlers with only one aim: to survive long enough to draw a pension.'

These are what a news editor described to me as "creatures of the corridors". Many are failed broadcasters.'

They exist in a parallel universe of meetings about meetings. They are masters of work creation, digging holes in order to fill them in, communicating largely by sanitised memos. They know every BBC guideline on race, gender, equality, diversity, health and safety.'

Yet when required to take a decision, they refer up, delegate down or, better still, go missing. They abhor accountability.'

That seems to sum up 'Auntie' very nicely, indeed. Succinctly and lucidly.

Not, of course, that all this is really news to many of us.

Support The Campaigns And Help Restore A World In London, Folkwaves And Other Shows!

You can find out more about the campaigns and how to support them here:

Save DJ Ritu's A World in London show on BBC London (Facebook)
Save AWiL Blog (on blogspot.com)
twitter.com/saveawil (twitter)
There also is a Save AWiL Online Petition - please sign this now if you haven't already done so!

Save' Folkwaves' on BBC Radio Derby (Facebook)
Save Folkwaves Forum (on Save Folkwaves web site; the rest of the site is currently still under construction)

SOS Skues on Sundays (Facebook)

Save-BBC-local-radio (Facebook Page)
Save BBC Local Radio (Facebook Group)
twitter.com/savebbclocal (twitter)


Save BBC London Radio (Facebook Page)

Please join the fight and help save all these excellent shows and BBC Local Radio itself! Remember, it's your BBC! Make sure the Beeb knows it!

To survive long term, BBC Local Radio needs high quality, popular shows like DJ Ritu's A World in London, Mick Peat and Lester Simpson's Folkwaves, and others. It needs diversity of programming. It needs to differentiate itself from all the undifferentiated pap that (for the most part) is commercial local radio, not emulate it as seems to be the current trend.

Most importantly of all, the BBC needs to be made aware of what its listeners really want (rather than what the BBC thinks its listeners should want!), and they need to be made aware that they have to listen to what people want. Let the BBC know what you want!

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