Call for feedback on the BBC MOU

Hello everyone,

As you should all know, we have an agreement in place with the BBC English regions Radio stations which sets out good practice and ideas for collaborative working between CMA members and local BBC (English Regions only at present).

A copy can be found here: http://www.commedia.org.uk/2009/12/11/cma-bbc-mou/

This has now been in place for six months and is due to be reviewed by us both. Therefore would you be good enough to supply me with good and not so good practice? Has the MOU helped you get that ‘foot in the door’? Or has the door been firmly ‘shut’?

There are mutual benefits to be had with this collaboration as identified in the current MOU and it would be good to highlight other ways we can work together and share ideas nationally. Don’t forget – we have a great deal to offer BBC radio stations. I’ll kick it off with a good example:

As reported in Radio Today 19/04/10:

BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Somerset joined forces with Bristol community station BCfm 93.2 yesterday to broadcast a special programme to mark the funerals of the Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria.¬† The special programme was presented by BBC Radio Bristol’s Trevor Fry and BCfm’s Magda Bond. Trevor said: “The Polish¬† community here in the West of England is more than 20,000 strong. Understandably the sense of grief is huge. We’re pleased to be in a position to provide a programme brought that community together on such a sad and poignant day.”

The programme on Sunday, had reports from BCfm’s presenter, Basha Everett in Krakow, where the president’s funeral was held earlier in the day, from London where the service was being relayed on huge screens and from Polish communities across the West Country.

I think this is a great example of joint working and is something we are looking at doing in the future. Let me have em please! Good and BAD.

Regards, Phil
Phil Gibbons – Station Manager
phil@bcfm.org.uk

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