To: Department for Culture, Media & Sport

BBC KERNOW | CORNWALL

BBC KERNOW | CORNWALL

Give Cornish language and culture the equal status, recognition, respect and prominence in public service broadcasting that it deserves.

We believe the Cornish should have equal status with the other indigenous languages and cultures of Britain.

We want BBC Kernow | Cornwall to sit in it's rightful place alongside BBC Cymru and BBC Alba on the iPlayer.

We want appropriate commissioning and editorial processes to be established within the remit of the BBC Royal Charter from 2017 to develop and grow Cornish language and cultural programming.

Why is this important?

Every culture should have their own voice represented in the world's media, particularly in public service broadcasting.

In 2003 the Cornish language (Kernewek) received official recognition under the European Charter for the Protection of Regional or Minority Languages.

In 2014 the Cornish were granted protected national minority status under the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

This means the Cornish have the same recognition as the Welsh, Scots and Northern Irish.

See Cornwall Council's BBC Charter Review Consultation Response from the Members Working Group on Cornish Minority Status here / Gwel an Konsel Kernow Keskussulyans Daswel Chartour an Kortyb Gorthyp dhyworth Bagas Oberi an Eseli war Savla Minoryta Kernewek omma:
https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/media/15197973/bbc-charter-review-response-submitted.pdf

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Please sign this petition to pledge your support for the establishment of BBC Kernow.

How it will be delivered

This petition will be delivered to Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Cornwall

Reasons for signing

  • we should not allow the UK government to get away with ignoring Cornish history and culture. Also, language death is as bad a tragedy as the death of a species, and the government's refusal to properly fund the Cornish language will aid the process of Cornish dying out. This must not happen!
  • I am a Cornish language Bard (Kares Henhwedhlow) and I support the recognition and respect of Cornish as a minority language.
  • Cornish is one of the great British languages and should be treasured.

Updates

2017-03-19 11:46:01 +0000

CORNWALL COUNCIL RESPONSE
https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/council-news-room/media-releases/news-from-2017/news-from-march-2017/cornwall-council-welcomes-council-of-europe-opinion-report/

PRESS COVERAGE
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/10/council-of-europe-criticises-uk-for-cornish-language-funding-cuts
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/18/stop-oppressing-cornwall-council-europes-warning-britain/
https://cornishstuff.com/2017/03/09/govt-criticised-by-national-minority-report-should-be-tick-box-on-census-no-devonwall-proper-devolution-and-cash-for-language/

2017-03-19 11:45:52 +0000

COUNCIL OF EUROPE REPORT RECOMMENDS BBC INTRODUCE SUPPORT FOR CORNISH LANGUAGE

Relating to 'Access to and Presence in the Media', the report makes the recommendation that:
*96. The authorities should take resolute action to ensure that revision of the BBC Charter improves access to the media for persons belonging to national and ethnic minorities, increases funding, ensures a variety of programmes in minority languages, in particular the Irish language, involves minorities in their production and introduces BBC support for the Cornish language.*

2017-03-19 11:42:05 +0000

COUNCIL OF EUROPE REPORT WARNS UK GOVERNMENT TO STOP OPPRESSING CORNISH

Published on 27/02/17 a Council of Europe report offers the opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

One of four recommendations to the UK Government for immediate action is:
*Take all necessary steps to ensure access to the linguistic and cultural rights provided by
the Framework Convention to the Cornish minority, in particular by reconsidering the
decision to cut all funding for the Cornish language in view of the disproportionate impact
such a measure will have on the delicate process of revitalising a minority language when
access to other public financial resources is limited.*

FULL REPORT
https://rm.coe.int/CoERMPublicCommonSearchServices/DisplayDCTMContent?documentId=09000016806fb9ab

2016-04-24 22:40:24 +0100

This is a 20 minute read. A long post explainging in depth The Reason Why
https://medium.com/@denzilmonk/bbc-kernow-thereasonwhy-a51eed504292#.rd4gawnx4

2016-01-23 06:17:10 +0000

500 signatures reached

2016-01-09 17:22:53 +0000

The Cornishman have posted a video of me explaining a bit more detail about the reasons why I think BBC Kernow should exist and why now is the time to make it happen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky6iC69Wk7E

2015-12-29 11:53:14 +0000

Interesting mix of comments on The Cornishman facebook post from their article about hte petition today http://www.cornishman.co.uk/Penzance-bard-petitions-BBC-Kernow-channel/story-28434249-detail/story.html

2015-12-27 10:08:47 +0000

100 signatures reached

2015-12-23 22:22:09 +0000

50 signatures reached

2015-12-23 17:59:12 +0000

25 signatures reached

2015-12-23 13:21:40 +0000

10 signatures reached