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Restore the British Dance Bands to BBC Radio

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The arbitrary decision by the BBC to drop the music of the BRITISH DANCE BANDS from the long-running Radio 2 programme Sunday Night At Ten generated a flood of complaints and led to the resignation of the programme's long-serving specialist presenter, Malcolm Laycock. This much-loved music can now no longer be heard regularly anywhere on the BBC, which seems to be behaving like a commercial enterprise despite being publicly funded. The response from the BBC and the show's producer Bob McDowall has been totally inadequate and his decision to dispense with the long-established format of British Dance Bands leading into Swing Bands has not resulted in any improvement in the programme, instead it has been impoverished. We therefore petition the BBC to review this decision as a matter of urgency, with a view to restoring the music of what has long been known as the Golden Age of BRITISH DANCE BANDS to a regular programme on BBC Radio.

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