BBC cans Sunday Gardening radio show to save money

BBC Three Counties Radio (Beds, Bucks & Herts) has dropped its Sunday Gardening slot to save money. The last programme aired on 30 December 2012 with Ernie Almond.

The BBC has canned the show as part of the cost-cutting Delivering Quality First Initiative, replacing it with Shrink Wrapped, about disability.

BBC representative Becky Jones-Owen said: "The changes to the schedule are part of the Delivering Quality First Initiative. Due to limited flexibility in the new schedule, the gardening show is one of several programmes that ceased transmitting at the end of last year. We are, however, planning to incorporate gardening into our weekday afternoon show from the spring."

The BBC could not confirm if any other radio gardening shows would be dropped in 2013. BBC Radio Kent's Andy Garland said his shows were continuing and that gardening radio phone-ins were some of the best-rated in local broadcasting.


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