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UK: BBC to assess future of Shipping Forecast - with update

By Yachting Monthly — last modified Nov 22, 2013 01:44 PM
The British Broadcasting Corporation are circulating a questionnaire to ascertain whether the public still listens to Radio 4’s Shipping Forecast. As reported by Yachting Monthly.

Published: 2013-11-22 00:00:00
Topics: Communications , Weather
Countries: Ireland , United Kingdom

UK: BBC to assess future of Shipping Forecast - with update

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BBC spokeswoman Laura Zetterberg denied the corporation was assessing the Shipping Forecast's future. 'Radio 4's Shipping Forecast is a much loved part of the schedule and there are no plans to change it. Across the BBC we are always seeking audience feedback and periodically do so with the Shipping Forecast too with the help of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Last month a member of its safety information committee, The Royal Yachting Association, put questions related to the Shipping Forecast to its members and we greatly appreciate the responses that have been submitted so far.'

Original Report

Members of the public are being asked to complete a questionnaire about the BBC's Shipping Forecast as part of its plans to assess the programme's future.

Experts believe the days of the Shipping Forecast are numbered as weather-seekers download predictions from the internet.

The general synopsis for the Shipping Forecast is stormy weather, rough seas and poor visibility - if not imminent then soon, as experts say it is just a question of time before the much-loved BBC Radio 4 service goes off air.

Former Met Office forecaster Frank Singleton, reveals in the January issue of Yachting Monthly: "The Shipping Forecast will, eventually, have to cease. That is an inevitable consequence of digital radio and maintenance costs of ageing equipment. The only uncertainty is when?"

Meanwhile, RYA cruising manager Stuart Carruthers said: "The BBC are circulating a questionnaire as a cunning ruse to get the general public to say they don't listen to the forecast anymore - they get it all off the internet.

"But when you don't have the internet - like many yachts at sea - then the radio broadcast is essential."

To air your views on the issue, complete the BBC's questionnaire by January 17, 2014.
Go to Yachting Monthly to complete the survey.

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