Response to the BBC Trust Consultation on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 7.

The background: BBC Executives have long argued that children don’t use radio but only want TV and pop music – an opinion largely based on their personal experience as parents of teenage children. As a consequence all young listeners were given low PSB priority and their radio programmes were reduced and finally withdrawn.

Young people enjoy a wide range of interests, activities and aspirations beyond pop and celebrity and it is the BBC’s duty to respect and nurture them with wide ranging, age-appropriate services across all platforms.

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Campaigners want programmes for children on BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and Radio 7.

The Sound Start Group has responded to a BBC Trust Consultation on Radio 3, 4 and 7, with proposals to schedule content for children aged 11 to 14 years on all three networks.

The Consultation, which closes today [26/08/10], is the latest in the Trust’s Review on the future of BBC services.

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The Sound Start Plan

An exciting opportunity to create a world first and achieve lasting gains in the lives of our youngest citizens …

Two BBC digital radio formats are proposed for closure [6 Music and the Asian Network] at an annual saving of £21m plus.

The BBC Trust has criticised BBC children’s radio provision and called for ‘practical partnerships’ to help reduce a deficit of up to £235 million.

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