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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." (http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/entries/9b05cdcd-5c23-4275-893a-9caf3ffd6dde 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"(https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/mar/15/bbc-radio-3-late-junction-carries-john-peel-spirit-into-digital-age 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 radio 3 for me. I have discovered so much there. It should be the model for the rest of the channel.
  • It has brought me to listen to music that I would never have experienced and which I would find ordinarily hard to discover were it not for the presenters leading me to some wonderful seams of creativity
  • I have signed this petition as I have listened to Late Junction for years and I can honestly say the range and breadth of music is beyond anything you will hear on mainstream radio. Tune in and see for yourself! Please BBC, reconsider your decision. Thank you.

Updates

2019-05-29 07:43:02 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2019-03-17 19:45:02 +0000

500 signatures reached

2019-03-16 15:10:25 +0000

100 signatures reached

2019-03-16 13:36:47 +0000

50 signatures reached

2019-03-16 12:47:55 +0000

25 signatures reached

2019-03-16 11:34:38 +0000

10 signatures reached