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Radio 2’s rescheduling of Sunday Half-Hour

18 January 2013


From Mr Simon Walsh

Sir, - It is disingenuous and insulting of the BBC to use the excuse of low audience numbers on Sunday evenings for moving Sunday Half-Hour from its 8.30 p.m. slot to 6 a.m. (News, 11 January).

Ever since Richard Baker and Your 100 Best Tunes were axed without ceremony from the schedules in 2007, the station has floundered with its Sunday-evening programming. Little wonder people are switching off. A mix of repeats and drivel, often both combined, have seen Radio 2's coverage downgraded, and Sunday Half-Hour along with it. The presenter is not even a member of the clergy as before.

Religious broadcasting, the audience, and the licence-payer all deserve better.

17 Bagshot House, Redhill Street
London NW1 4BY


Sir, - I am one of the older generation who has enjoyed Sunday Half-Hour at 8.30 p.m. on Radio 2 for more than half a century - just the programme to listen to before going to bed. My telephone was red hot last Sunday evening with friends ringing to say how saddened they were with the prospect of the programme's moving to a 6 a.m. slot.

We were told we could "listen any time" on BBC iPlayer; but most of us do not have a computer, and we would rather have Sunday Half-Hour at 8.30 p.m. than Sunday Hour at 6 a.m. Very short notice was given of the change. I wonder why.

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