16th March 2005
Dear Mr Thompson
Whilst I understand that the BBC has had to rationalise and make 15% cutbacks, we cannot understand why these cutbacks should include 100% of your dedicated national angling programming.
Cancelling Radio Five Live’s Fish on Five show will deprive many of the
I have been a guest on the show more than once and have always been impressed by its scope, covering as it did everything from tagging to salmon spawning, big match angling to poaching and the monitoring of insect life on our waterways.
Rather than cancel the show outright, and risk the fury of many angling licence fee payers, it would surely have been sensible to rationalise it in line with other aspects of the corporation. An independent poll commissioned by the
What seems unacceptable is transplanting angling into a general sports show. As I have explained, angling is as much about the natural world as it is about sport, and much of the spirit of angling will be lost if its only national broadcasting voice centres on match reports and medals.
The Countryside Alliance has over 100,000 members, more than 20,000 of them anglers and, as BBC licence fee payers, we are encouraging them to make their feelings known to you. The BBC’s programme output should respect the huge amount of support and interest that exists for angling and not simply erase it from the schedule.
Campaign for Angling
Helen Stiles, Producer, Fish on Five