Auntie loses queer radio show

The BBC

No more bis on the beeb?

Radio Manchester’s weekly lesbian, gay, bi & trans radio show is to close, the BBC has confirmed.

As part of a rearrangement of local radio around the UK, weeknight broadcasts from all regional BBC radio stations are to be replaced by one nationwide programme, based in Leeds.

“LGBT Citizen Manchester” has been broadcast for sixteen years, with a growing bisexual ‘angle’ in recent years and interviews with Bi Community News, local group BiPhoria and the authors of The Bisexuality Report in recent times.

Events like Manchester BiFest and BiCon have also been covered by the programme, which was originally based in Manchester and has moved to neighbouring Salford along with much of the BBC’s work.

The loss of 15 hours a week of local programming may also affect the chances of other local bi groups around the country getting their voices heard.

Local MP John Leech has tabled an Early Day Motion calling for the programme to be saved, but it seems likely that in two weeks’ time it will be all over for the show.