Sophie Little was hosting her final show on BBC Radio Norfolk when she took the opportunity to use her platform to talk about the great danger it’s in, and this is “detrimental” to staff and listeners.
“Something that has always bothered me is when an individual has any kind of platform and they don’t use it to speak up for others at a time when they should… And it is my opinion that these drastic, sweeping cuts that are taking place to BBC local radio stations all across the country are not only detrimental to anyone that enjoys switching on their local station and hearing their favourite shows, and detrimental to the local communities who value it and use it.
Actually these cuts are unbelievably unfair to those who need local public service broadcasting the most. Those who are lonely and isolated, or those who are unable to leave their house, or unable to use the internet, or unable to pay for broadband. Those who not only take comfort from the company of a familiar voice coming out of their radio, but who truly rely on it to keep going.”
She also said: “If you think that sounds dramatic then I wish you could be privy to some of the conversations I’ve had with listeners in recent weeks that have reduced me to tears…” changes “must be scrutinised and held to account to protect its own integrity”.