Auntie’s queer radio show shuts up shop

BCN 117 cover

This originally appeared in BCN issue 117, Feb 2013

As part of a rearrangement of local radio around the UK, weeknight broadcasts from all regional BBC radio stations have been replaced by one nationwide programme, based in Leeds.

That’s meant the loss of the BBC’s one regular LGBT radio programme.

“LGBT Citizen Manchester” – previously GayTalk – had been broadcast for sixteen years, with a quietly growing bisexual ‘angle’ in recent years and interviews with Bi Community News, local group BiPhoria and the authors of The Bisexuality Report in recent times.  BiFests and BiCons have also been covered by the programme, which was originally based in Manchester and recently moved to neighbouring Salford along with much of the BBC’s work.

The loss of 15 hours a week of local programming from each of the BBC’s local radio stations may also affect the chances of other local bi groups around the country getting their voices heard.