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Craig Porter 19th Oct 2009 - 12:44

The government respond to the petition to stop horse racing cuts by the BBC

Way back in March of this year, we asked our customers to sign a petition in an attempt to stop the BBC reducing its coverage of horse racing.

The petition was started following news that next year there would only be 14 days of racing on terrestrial compared with 79 days of racing covered just ten years ago.

When the petition expired online, on 2 July, it had received 9,369 signatures.

Finally the government, who were being lobbied, have sent a response:

The BBC is required to maintain a strong public service broadcasting output. It aims to ensure that licence fee payers have access to varied programming. However, responsibility for what is broadcast on BBC television and radio rests with the BBC, which is independent of the Government.

The BBC’s governing instruments, the Royal Charter and Agreement, place broad obligations on the Corporation in respect of its television and radio services, objectives, programme content and standards. Within this framework detailed decisions on programme content and scheduling are matters for the BBC, reflecting its editorial independence.

The Government believes it is important that the Corporation is aware of the concerns of viewers and listeners, and anyone who wishes to raise their concerns over this issue can contact the BBC in various ways: via the website, http://www.bbc.co.uk, by telephone 03700 100 222, or write to BBC Complaints, PO Box 1922, Glasgow G2 3WT).

William Hill would like to thank all its customer who contributed toward this cause so far. The response from the Government, whilst largely expected, is disappointing and we would urge you to contact the BBC directly to air your views.


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