A BBC radio DJ furious on-air rant during her final ever show which bosses tried to silence.
Sophie Little took to the airwaves for the last time on her programme called Treasure Quest on BBC Radio Norfolk.Radio personality Sophie Little issued a furious rant live on-air[/caption] The presenter protested against the streamlining of local services across the publicly funded corporation[/caption]
On her programme the former Radio One host slammed bosses at the publicly funded corporation for streamlining local radio services.
However, it appears the segment was cut from the programme and purposly ommitted from the catch-up service on the BBC Sounds app.
In anger, she took matters into her own hands as she posted the audio of her monologue online onto X – formerly known as Twitter.
In her post she added: “The BBC have decided to cut out something I said on my final radio show today.”
In her wireless rant, she fumed: “Something that has always bothered me is when an individual has any kind of platform and they don’t use it to speak up for others at a time when they should.
“Local radio is a vital public service.”
“And it is my opinion that these drastic, sweeping cuts that are taking place to BBC local radio stations all across the country are not only detrimental to anyone that enjoys switching on their local station and hearing their favourite shows, and detrimental to the local communities who value it and use it.
“Actually these cuts are unbelievably unfair to those who need local public service broadcasting the most.”
The radio personality even admitted that she cried as she spoke with her fans in her local area.
She exclaimed: “And if you think that sounds dramatic then I wish you could be privy to some of the conversations I’ve had with listeners in recent weeks that have reduced me to tears.
“The BBC’s mission, as defined by Royal Charter, is to act in the public interest, serving all audiences.
“I will say this how I see it: I feel the cuts are ableist, ageist, and they place economic barriers for some people too.
“I felt incredibly nervous to say this, thinking about the many bosses above my head and how this goes against the grain of all of the training I have ever had in the 15 years that I have been here.
“But I remind myself that this is not their BBC. It is our BBC. Like all of our public services it exists to serve you, so must be scrutinised and held to account to protect its own integrity.
Treasure Quest’s format sees listeners solve puzzles to help send the hosts on journeys around the UK.
Paul Hayes acts as the main host of the show as ‘The Questmaster’ alongside Sophie and Julie Reinger.
The BBC announced that localised programmes will air between 6am and 2pm on weekdays.
On weekdays the local programming was set to be slimmed down to sports commentaries and hourly news bulletins in the time-slot of the show.Sophie hinted that she went against everything she believed in to deliver her message[/caption] She implied the corporation’s management were ‘ableist’ and ‘ageist’[/caption]