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[Swprograms] BBC 'ON AIR' MAGAZINE IS SUDDENLY AXED
- Subject: [Swprograms] BBC 'ON AIR' MAGAZINE IS SUDDENLY AXED
- From: Glenn Hauser <wghauser@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2004 19:39:11 -0800 (PST)
Dear Mr. Hauser, I've been a regular devotee of your work for a year or so ---
and here is my first submission.
The December 2004 edition of BBC World Service's monthly 'On Air' magazine is
to be the last. An accompanying letter from Dionne Ormonde, Managing Editor,
"It is with regret that I have to inform you that, following a business review,
it has been decided that the December 2004 issue of BBC 'On Air' magazine will
be the last issue published. We have found that many of our listeners are
getting programme information on line and that it is no longer cost-effective
to produce the printed edition of the magazine."
The letter goes on to promise a refund to each subscriber for any unexpired
subscription. It says that the current BBC World Service English Programme
Schedules are enclosed, and this schedule is valid until 31 March 2005. Well, I
didn't get a separate schedules guide - only the December 2004 pull-out
programme schedule, which is only valid for that month. We are invited to fill
out a postcard and send it to BBC 'Audience Relations' at Bush House, if we
want to be on the mailing list for the 6-monthly English schedules poster
(April - September 2005) - but why bother?
What a shame. This breaks the continuous line of printed Empire/ External/
World Service programme guides from 1939. Does the BBC World Service care about
its listeners any more? What about those who do not have the internet? Yours
sincerely, (Martin Levene, London, Nov 11, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
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