What is DorBAG?
How did it come about and what is it aiming to achieve?
The Dorset Broadcasting Action Group (DorBAG) was originally formed as WEDBAG (West Dorset Broadcasting Action Group) after Oliver Letwin MP had been inundated over a long period of time with complaints regarding a wide range of Television and Radio problems in West Dorset. The problems were principally, but not exclusively with the BBC. Over time, JIM Knight MP joined because of concerns in Dorset South and Weymouth & Portland in particular, and so WEDBAG became SWEDBAG by adding “South & West (at the beginning). Following the joint letter by MPs to the BBC to win back ‘BBC Radio Dorset’ from right across the county, and full support from the County Council, it has become clear that many of the issues are common to residents in all of the county of Dorset to some extent or other – hence this has eventually led to the broadening of the Action Group’s charter to represent Dorset as a whole with a corresponding change of name to the “Dorset Broadcasting Action Group” (DorBAG).
The main issues were, and in many cases still are:
- Poor or no reception of Freeview (digital) channels
- Uncertainty about the effects of switchover to digital
- Lack of ownership by the BBC of the county of Dorset
- Inadequate or total lack of local programmes for local news, events coverage etc. on both radio and TV
- Lack of a properly funded/managed/equipped Dorset studio for dedicated Dorset news/events programmes on radio and TV
- Poor reception of some National BBC Stations
- Poor or no reception of the only 'local' BBC station, Radio Solent (officially it goes no further west than Abbotsbury!)
- Very limited coverage of Dorset news and events despite BBC promises
- No dedicated local programme/station just for Dorset
- Poor or no reception of the new digital radio (DAB) & not enough channels with little local BBC content
- Little or no information on what’s happening – for Dorset in particular
Because of the sheer number of complaints, and the fact that the BBC didn’t seem to want to know, it was originally decided to form an Action Group to bring pressure to bear such that Dorset would have satisfactory solutions to all its problems, once and for all. It seems that everyone is still totally fed up with being in a ‘Black Hole’ as far as the BBC in particular is concerned, and the unbelievable history of BBC's promises and subsequent cancellations are just more examples of the BBC’s total neglect of this county.
Over time, the committe has become increasingly concerned and very interested in the development of Superfast Broadband in the county with an emphasis on rural communities.
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