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BBC new Local Radio head announced
Wed 17 Oct 2018

DorBAG had planned to have another meeting in the autumn with the BBC to move things forward, but several, hopefully positive, things have happened over the summer that have caused delays. Ken MacQuarrie, Director of Nations & Regions, has now appointed Helen Thomas to replace David Holdsworth, (Head of English Regions). Her responsibilities have been increased as reflected in her new Title of "Director of England".

In addition, Helen has created a new post - Head of "Local Broadcasting for England". This is the new role that Tony Hall had mentioned in his initial letter to Oliver Letwin. We believe she already has a short list and we hope to hear soon. The BBC, (Helen Thomas with the new hire), has agreed to a meeting with Oliver Letwin and DorBAG representatives in the House of Commons early January. This meeting has potential to make real progress now they will have a Local Radio boss!

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