Wednesday, December 26, 2012

And Then It Was Gone


Earlier this year I wrote about the plan by the BBC to axe their only specialist LGBT programme on the entire network.

LGBT Citizen Manchester represented the end of a more-or-less-continuous line of 17 years of LGBT-oriented programmes on BBC Manchester. Not the biggest show, by any means, but fulfilling an important niche.

Anyway, the show ended with immense dignity on Monday 17th December.

I was honoured to be the show's last live studio guest.

And I was able to have virtually the last word, as the clock ticked towards the 10pm junction.

An awful mistake

I said that the BBC was making an awful mistake… that controllers would wake up sometime soon and realise the void they had created.

The BBC's acting Director General, Tim Davie, sent the show a message, congratulating the presenters Ashley Byrne, Claire Mooney and Andrew Edwards on a superb run.

Afterwards, we drank wine from a plastic cup and headed out into the cold night air at Media City.

RIP LGBT Citizen Manchester


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