Comment posted Parish pump politics pursue Bute FM by Angela Haggerty.
Unfortunately Phill, so many people have had to leave Bute Fm that the only alternative is for them to either give up something they love or to go it alone.
I don’t know if ForArgyll did any article on it, but the new station manager that Bute Fm paraded in the media just a couple of months or so ago resigned his position within three weeks.
Yes, three weeks.
Maybe ForArgyll doesn’t print those kinds of stories.
Angela Haggerty also commented
Radio Bute is renting a back room in the Brandish Bute shop. That’s as far as the connection between the two goes. They’re completely separate organisations.
Two Radio Bute volunteers are volunteer community councillors, who do a great job in their roles. I think it’s brilliant to see people in one community who give so much of their free time to community projects and initiatives.
But to clarify, the community council has nothing to do with Radio Bute. Radio Bute is an entirely independent organisation.
Hope that helps
- Any comment on whether ForArgyll took any steps to approach Radio Bute for comment on the story before publishing it?
Is newsroom’s opinion based on information it receives from Bute Fm or does the journalist writing the copy take any steps to approach the others involved to gain a fuller picture of the story?
- I don’t know Bill but I don’t think he is, or has ever been, the station manager of Bute Fm, a community radio station. You have a duty to the people in this community. It’s time to step up.
- I think Iain Donald has just demonstrated wonderfully the hostility that so many of the large number of former Bute Fm volunteers have been subject to.
What saddens me is that ForArgyll gave this a platform without doing the background work on it.
It’s easy to contact Radio Bute, why did ForArgyll choose not to investigate the story thoroughly?
- That’s not for me to answer. Maybe you could contact Radio Bute and resolve the problem that way. Doing it this way seems to create needless drama.
But if I can throw a question back at you:
If Bute Fm has had no problem with a number of its volunteers volunteering at other radio stations throughout its time on air, why is this “reprehensible”?
Thanks, Iain. I’m sure I’ll get a response to my question from you.
Recent comments by Angela Haggerty
- Argyll and Bute Council defends £1.9m loan to Fyne Homes after local criticism
The project in its entirety has been 10 years in the planning. The credit crunch and recession will have changed demand for housing drastically.
Given there are little career opportunities on Bute for young people, it’s no surprise that the target market of young first-time buyers doesn’t really exist on the island, or at least not enough of it does to sell 24 brand new flats.
- Excitement as Bute TV launches
I am most certainly aware that Bute Fm expressed an interest in local television. However, I don’t agree that Bute Fm can claim that the concept of local television was their idea.
I would be happy to work with Bute Fm if they would like to get involved with what we are doing. Aside from the meeting newsroom has alluded to, there has been no mention of IBTV anywhere locally – nothing in the local media, nothing on Bute Fm to my knowledge, nothing online.
As I was aware of Bute Fm’s interest in the area, I did plenty of research before I agreed to move forward with our own idea of Bute TV. There would be no point in having two local television channels, after all.
The company IBTV was registered in July 2010. It’s almost 2012 and aside from one meeting, there has been no mention of local television on Bute from Bute Fm or IBTV.
Our idea for local television is very much our own and only forms part of several ideas. In fact, I’ve spoken before with ForArgyll staff on my ideas for covering local issues in the online world. This is my area of professional interest and what I hope to continue to do.
Is nobody allowed to do it because Bute Fm expressed an apparently mild interest almost 18 months ago?
I agree with newsroom, Bute does not at all want to become ‘The Isle of DisBute’ and I hope Bute Fm will embrace what we are doing.
The door is, and has always been, firmly open.
I won’t speak for any of the others involved in the Bute TV project, but I have had an incredible interest in local media for years, and I find it disappointing that newsroom does not acknowledge that when it comes to local, I’m more than capable of having my own ideas.
To Bute and beyond!
- Alcohol, social cost, government policy and the retail power lords
Agree that there is a big problem with supermarkets in this country. Not only is their cheap alcohol policy a detriment to our young people’s health, it is putting the pub trade out of business.
I suppose the same could be said for all the industries the likes of Tesco has decided it wants a hand in. Cut the prices lower than all the other main competitors in the industry until they can’t survive any longer.
Monopoly of the market etc, we know where it’ll go. Meanwhile, our high streets and town centres are getting emptier. And let’s not be too quick to blame the recession, it was happening before that.
I have a real concern about supermarkets. I worried when the new creamery in Campbeltown was being planned – a big chunk of it was subsidised by the Scottish government. Most of the rest came from the sale of its old creamery site to Tesco, who planned to use the space to build a much bigger store.
It was just a bit frustrating when the creamery on Bute was in the process of being shut. A creamery that had a significant amount of funding from HiE just a couple of years before to buy brand new state of the art equipment. All so it could sit in an empty creamery and gather dust because First Milk said it was not financially viable.
The supermarket policy has been a factor in helping destroy what’s left of the farming industry. The supermarkets have them by the balls, for want of a better expression.
Ironic that First Milk saw the part funding of their new creamery by this deal with Tesco as a success. It’s like hammering the nail into your own coffin, is it not?
I’m sure there’s a lot more to it than I know, there always is.
Mike Russell doesn’t think supermarkets have that bad an effect on little Scottish towns. If you look at Inverness, the new Tesco has only made the town centre busier, according to him. I suppose I should have asked how many surrounding smaller/more insignificant towns have been destroyed because of it, but I didn’t think to at the time.
I disagree with him about the effect supermarkets have, and it does worry me. I hope the SNP’s supermarket concern stretches further than just the alcohol issue, because it is a much bigger (potential) problem.
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