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Hymns on the air

27 September 2013


From Mr Don Valentine

Sir, - The item on Sunday Half Hour (News, 23 August) made interesting reading, not least because of the BBC's statistical omissions. How many listeners were already tuned into Radio 2 at 6 a.m., before Sunday Half Hour was transplanted (as Sunday Hour), and how many listeners moved from 8.30 p.m. to the new time?

No mention is made of the BBC's regional stations, many of which broadcast "religious" programmes from an early hour on Sundays. Traditionally, BBC Sussex/BBC Surrey have aired Sunday Breakfast for three hours from 6 a.m., and have recently introduced, in addition, a "Sunday half-hour" of uninterrupted hymn-singing from 5.30 a.m. (An old saying: "Sussex people won't be druve.")

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