RFL urges fans to challenge proposed BBC cuts

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THE RFL has called for rugby league fans to challenge the BBC’s proposed cuts to local radio services.

In a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group, in London, last week, RFL chairman Richard Lewis and representatives of the BBC discussed the impact of the proposed cuts to local sports services.

“The proposals for BBC local radio will have, potentially, a very negative impact upon all sport and on rugby league in particular,” said Lewis.

“The RFL will be responding directly to the BBC in response to these proposals and we are urging all clubs, leagues and individuals to respond also.

“The consultation closes on Wednesday, December 21 and I cannot stress enough the importance that every individual who cares about the sport to take part in the consultation and share your concerns with the BBC Trust.”

The proposed cuts could result in the disappearance of midweek rugby league magazine programmes, a significant impact on the number of games covered, live commentary services and in-depth discussion on local radio

Members of the public who wish to find out more information about the proposals can visit the website at www.therfl.co.uk/localradioreview.

To contact the BBC Trust directly and submit responses, write to Local Radio Review, BBC Trust, 180 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5QZ or email local.radio.review@bbc.co.uk

The deadline for responses is Wednesday, December 21.

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