For many years, BBC London 94.9FM's Saturday evenings have included a programme which in simple terms might be described as 'a world music show'. Yet it is so much more! From community notice board, to a catalyst and meeting place for music made by all cultures in one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world.
DJ Ritu inherited the show from the late great Charlie Gillett, who retired due to ill-health. She relaunched it as "A World In London" and this weekly show has become essential listening with its unique mix of interviews with artists from around the world, as well as a chance to hear the latest world music releases, and a diary of upcoming world music & cultural events.
A World In London is a unique institution, not only fulfilling a role that is simply not being addressed anywhere else on the airwaves, but doing so in a truly excellent and entertaining manner. There are few better examples of programmes that so perfectly fit the BBC's public service broadcasting remit**, and at the same time it does so on a virtually negligible budget.
BBC London are to axe the show at the end of December!
If you would like to register your objection to and disappointment with this decision and show your support for A World In London, please join this group. Unity is Power! Let's try to keep A World In London on the air.
You can show your support by writing a personal email to David.Robey@bbc.co.uk
(cc'd to the Director General Mark.Thompson@bbc.co.uk ) or add your comments to the BBC message boards on Facebook
**Reshaping the BBC, Speech by Sir Michael Lyons, BBC Chairman, to the Manchester Statistical Society: "And let me remind you of what those public purposes, as set out in the Charter are:
· To sustain citizenship and civil society
· To promote education and learning
· To stimulate creativity and cultural excellence
· To represent the UK, its nations, regions and communities
· To bring the UK to the world and the world to the UK"