‘Sad’ BBC slammed by David Allen for ‘short-sighted’ move as ‘over-75s radio show’ axed

David Allen criticises BBC’s decision to cancel his show

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David Allen criticised bosses during his show on BBC Radio Solent and admitted he was “shocked” by the decision to cancel his programme. The broadcaster, who has hosted his three-hour slot for 20 years, claimed the show’s chiefs made the decision because his elderly audience, the majority who are over 75, are considered the “wrong type of listeners”.

During his Saturday show, David expressed his concern over his radio programme being cancelled, a move which he branded as “very sad and short-sighted”.

He told listeners: “I’ve got some sad news about this show.

“The BBC, in its wisdom, have decided that after 20 years and amazingly good listening figures, that this show will sadly come to an end on May 15.

“Although I never normally talk about how popular this show is, the audience share for this programme is the best on the station.

“It is also nearly three times that of Radio 2 and over four times that of any commercial radio station in our transmission area.”

David went on: “So, I have to say I was rather shocked when I was told about the decision.

“I know how much this programme means to you and I can’t tell you how many emails and letters I get every week telling me how much you love the music that we play and the interviews that we do on the show.

“More to the point that there’s nowhere else on the BBC where you can hear this type of music played.”


The BBC presenter went on to say that while he had not been given an “adequate explanation” on why his show had been axed he could only assume he had the “wrong type of listeners”.

David continued: “I have to be honest with you, I’ve not really had an adequate explanation why this programme is being axed, apart from the fact that they kind of want to go in a different direction.

“I can only assume that, although I have lots of listeners, they are the wrong type of listeners which I think is very sad and short-sighted. We have listeners on this show from all ages from 15 to 101.

“But, I guess the majority are the older age group, that’s the over 75s, who now have to pay their license fee, so surely it’s not too much to ask to have one programme in the week that caters for them and their musical choices.”

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