OK - I use "Squeezebox" for BBC Internet streams and, thanks to
immense work by the o-l community, we've found fixes. But many
thousands must be left stranded. Some of us have been lobbying BBC for
last month with very little success. I'm trying to avoid getting into
too much technical detail here - but for those who are lucky enough to
receive them, the "new improved" BBC streams are unreliable,
constantly re buffer etc.
The BBC "announced" all this in this very obscure internal blog last
After messing up the Live streams and receiving well over 1000 well
considered cries for help, constructive criticisms and technical
suggestions, they then went ahead and killed Listen Again for all but
smart phones, tablets and iPlayer App's on PCs. They've even
deliberately blocked publication of the urls people could use to
manually reinstate service. When there were too many protests they
closed the blog last Wednesday!!
There's now an ePetition to try to get reinstatement of some streams
If, as many of us have, you try to get politicians on board you get
"Thank you for your e-mail of 10 March, to the Secretary of State for
Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, about BBC radio.
I have been asked to reply.
Under the terms of the BBCs Charter and Agreement, the BBC is
operationally independent of Government and there is no provision for
the Government to intervene in the Corporations day-to-day
operations. The BBC is accountable to the license fee payer through
the BBC Trust. The Royal Charter is the constitutional basis for the
BBC. It sets out the public purposes of the BBC, guarantees its
independence, and outlines the duties of the Trust and the Executive
It is still possible to enjoy live radio on Freeview, Freesat and
YouView devices. It is also possible to receive live and on demand
radio from the BBC iPlayer Radio on computers, tablets and smart
The Government believes it is important that the Corporation is aware
of the concerns of viewers and listeners. In the first instance your
concerns about bit rates may be raised with BBC Information: email via
the website, http://faq.external.bbc.co.uk/questi...ntact/comment ; or
telephone 03700 100 222, or by writing to BBC Information, PO Box
1922, Glasgow, G2 3WT, or by writing directly to the programme area
Alternatively, if you would like to contact the BBC Trust directly for
more information, you may do so by writing to the BBC Trust Unit, 180
Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5QZ, by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling their information line on
03700 103 100.
I hope that this is helpful.
So, we can only talk to the BBC Trust about all this and the BBC Trust
has its fingers in its ears and hands over its eyes and, if it replies
at all, sends copies of the "September Diktat". It's the Plan which
counts, not the consequences or outcomes!
I'm not suggesting for a moment that this business is on a par with
Jimmy Savile, various hospital and care home scandals, Hillsborough,
Rotherham child abuse - oh I could go on and on - but, despite being
constantly told that "lessons will be learned" the response of our
public servants is alarmingly consistent.
Those who can please use Usenet, social media or whatever to publicise
the ePetition. We have very few other options to show how many people
are affected by all this.
It's probably clear that I'm quite upset about this - but I want to
listen to the radio in high quality sound through my expansive HiFi
equipment. Not spending even more time in front of a computer or
through a pretty but tinny iThingy.