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To: Alan Davey, controller BBC Radio 3

Save Late Junction

Save Late Junction

Restore Late Junction to at least 4.5 hrs broadcast a week.

Why is this important?

In March 2018, Alan Davey wrote "Our listeners are, we know, up for adventure, discovering new things and getting new angles and depths of knowledge on the familiar." ( accessed 16/03/2019) The reduction in broadcast time for the one BBC programme that fulfils this remit is a retrograde step, impacting on the pleasure of listeners, the work of artists (often in the most precarious endeavours) and the cultural status of the country.

It would be hugely disappointing to lose such a broad, open and exploratory curated programme, and would be difficult to recapture its spirit in the changes proposed. Its reach cannot be replicated, its influence cannot be over-estimated. It is not just background radio to those who listen, but an essential part of their ongoing understanding of the cultural landscape and a connexion to the wider cultural community that is often in this area disparate and isolated, and as Luke Turner points out "Crucially, this has a huge impact on the diversity of the show’s programming"( accessed 16/03/2019).

Although there are cost-saving to be acknowledged, the return on investment from this programme must outweigh any potential savings. The support of small local music venues, upcoming artists, avant-garde labels all benefit from the way this programme is curated and presented; to have that reduced so drastically will have a profound effect on those communities.

It is also clear that BBC Radio 3 is the natural home of this programme. Re-iterating Peter Maxwell-Davies' warning at the introduction of Radio 3 that we might 'lose whole realms of experience' (Humphrey Carpenter 'Envy of the World' 1996:262), Late Junction has proved itself a bastion and for it to be shrunk so dramatically would be a sorry retreat.

Please reconsider this decision.

Reasons for signing

  • Late Junction is the jewel in Radio 3’s crown. Music you won’t hear anywhere else . Serious misjudgement , BBC.
  • This is a tragedy! Truly depressing. Never have we needed late junction more, for the art and the creative experience that never fails to ignite thought and ideas in thinking people. From one imagination to another the good fight becomes possible. Enlightening. It’s thrilling and fun like a bag of revels never knowing what’s coming next. So sad.
  • I just found out after listening to Max and Nick’s ping pong show on iPlayer. Late junction has literally saved my life over the past 10 years or so. It really is a sanctuary from an increasingly unhinged world. Why not scrap question time- or some of the endless news shows instead?


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