As part of its operational restructuring plans – titled ‘Delivering Quality First’ – the BBC has responded with a number of sweeping changes which include scrapping the Introducing in Northern Ireland radio show, hosted by Rory McConnell every Sunday night from midnight to 2am. The move has provoked a swift response from the Northern Irish music community, who have launched a campaign to save the show.
“Under Rory McConnell BBC Introducing has been a monumental part of how we see the NI scene today”, reads a statement. “Countless bands and artists have gained the exposer needed get noticed further afield and this has been the only outlet provided by Radio 1 to showcase up-and-coming bands and solo artists from NI to an NI audience. Pretty much all NI success stories from the past decade are where they are today because of early exposure through airplay and live sessions on this show. World renowned NI bands such as Snow Patrol, Ash, Therapy? and lately Two Door Cinema Club have all benefited from this show”.
An online petition has been set up, as well as a Facebook group. State video team Bandwidth was on hand to capture a midnight rally outside the BBC studios, featuring APR, More Than Conquerors, Katie and the Carnival, Dutch Schultz, Morning Claw, The Rupture Dogs, A Northern Light, VerseChorusVerse, Master and Dog, Colly Strings and more.