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BBC hopes to give Dorset a county-wide radio service for the first time
Mon 10 Nov 2014

At a DorBAG committee meeting with the BBC recently, a BBC spokesman confirmed that they plan to bid for an expansion of the present Dorset Breakfast Radio programme, (103.8FM), to ensure it covers all of the county! It is presently broadcast every weekday morning from 0630 to 0900 and on Saturday there is the Big Breakfast Brunch from 0800 to 1100.

At present, however, these excellent programmes, which come from the Dorchester studios, only cover parts of the county around Dorchester, Weymouth & Portland. DORSET IS THE ONLY COUNTY IN THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND WITHOUT ITS OWN BBC LOCAL RADIO STATION!! Neighbouring counties, i.e. Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire (Radio Solent) already have their own full service! WHY NOT DORSET?

The above proposal is great news, although it very much depends upon the outcome of the BBC Charter review - due late 2015/early 2016. The decision will also depend upon the BBC Trust.
We anticipate that there will be an opportunity for residents of the county to lobby the Trust, when it seeks comments on their latest plans. But it must be at the right time. It is important to note that our last lobbying exercise resulted in the Trust approving the bid for the new Breakfast Programme - which started on 8th July 2013. So every input/letter can count!!

If you would like to help, please add your name and e-mail address to this web site using the link at the top of this page. This will enable us to keep you informed of progress. We will let you know when the time is right, and will also provide information to help you make a strong case. This campaign needs as much support as possible, if we are to succeed - do please help us to help you.

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