West Cork Today Radio Show axed, sign the petition

I wrote yesterday on the myguideIreland blog about a petition that has been set up by the Skibbereen and Region Economic Network (SAREN) (of which I am a member) to pressure UTV to reinstate the West Cork Today show on C103.

I hadn't realised at the time just how emotive this issue is and would like to take this opportunity to urge as many as possible to sign the petition online at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/westcorktoday/

I was coming at this mainly from the point of view of a West Cork based enterprise and the economic value of having a dedicated local communications resource. Much of what has been achieved for the economic benefit of West Cork has been boosted by coverage on the West Cork Today show.

There is no better example than the recent creation of the West Cork Tourism Co-Operative Ltd to relaunch the Cork Swansea Ferry service. Several interviews on C103 with Conor Buckley, Chairman of West Cork Tourism, helped to get the message out and to mobilise the tourism community to get behind the initiative.

But this is bigger than just the business community in West Cork, the axing of the show affects non-business people greatly and especially the elderly.

To see the views of others (not as biased as mine perhaps?), check out the following:

Give West Cork its voice back……today!
West Cork Today (and Tomorrow?) – Sign Petition to Save Local Radio
C103 – not on our wavelength!
C103 loses the plot!
The service is a vital infrastructural asset in West Cork and I urge you all to support the petition.

I wonder what is the view of BCI who issued the license?