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Rachel
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:14 pm    Post subject: Secondary Protocol Reply with quote

Iím not sure how many people are aware of the Broadcasting Secondary Protocol, but to explain, itís a pre-arranged ďtake-overĒ of any BBC or Commercial Radio Station or TV Channel that is out of control or a risk to public order. Under normal circumstances you would never hear about it, but its use has been discussed at the highest levels in recent days. My sources tell me it was just minutes away from being approved but was then held and still is on review. Iím not sure which station or channel is affected but the rumour is, itís Radio 2. From the listeners point of view little changes Ė we still get music and news and travel but without anyone at Radio 2 being involved. So if suddenly the presenter sounds a little different, you'll know what's happened.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rachel,

I've not heard of this before BUT with the high level meeting of most of the presenters last week and Mark Thompson's visit to Downing St I think there is something afoot.

It occurred to me a little while ago that perhaps they are deliberately trying to make it like a commercial station so that it could be sold off which has often been suggested before together with Radio 1.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I once worked for a local cable TV station and had the opportunity to have a squizz at the broadcasting licence which was then granted by the Home Office Broadcasting Division (but would now be OfCom) and in it was a clear reference to the fact that the Government reserved the right to revoke the licencee's independence at any time with the service coming under the direct editorial and technical control of The Home Office should "circumstances require it". I guess that was the so-called "second protocol" which we assumed would be invoked in the case of war or heightened civil disobedience. I'm sure it was imposed upon the BBC during WW2.

I'm not so sure there's a case for it right now but I don't doubt for one minute that the BBC's senior management is quaking in its collective boots at what's likely to be around the corner. A merger between Radios 1 and 2 wouldn't surprise me at all - even if the idea is barmy.

Perhaps the corporation is to be re-branded "The Evans Broadcasting Corporation"???
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I'm concerned it already is that as far as Radio 2 is concerned. Maybe he wants to buy it.... Shocked I'm sure he can afford it without having to sell any of his fast cars. Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
As far as I'm concerned it already is that as far as Radio 2 is concerned. Maybe he wants to buy it.... Shocked I'm sure he can afford it without having to sell any of his fast cars. Wink

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He's been there before too hasn't he? Remember Virgin?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He made money out of Virgin. He won't perform the trick twice.

I'm puzzled as to how anyone thinks that there is anything of value to be obtained in selling any of the BBC's radio stations and, since the commercial ones are all consolidating and slimming down to become ersatz copies of Radios 1 and 2, and may still not make much money out of them, I can't see who would want to buy any.

Broadcasting Secondary Protocol Laughing I feel a story coming on...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I donít think thereís any money to be made (well not much anyway) more of a redistribution but I think some commercial broadcasters may get the opportunity (and be paid) to run various aspects of the BBC, it would all be paid for out of the new reduced licence fee but would involve fewer people and hence reduced cost to us.

A story?Ö. hmmm you know me too well Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RockitRon wrote:
He made money out of Virgin. He won't perform the trick twice.


Especially since Ginger Media sold out the station to GMG on condition that he remained in the breakfast chair for 2 years (or something like it). He then renaged on the deal.

I'm surprised he can get away with this stuff!
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