Hardy: Are there any plans to broaden the service you offer on sport
and football in particular? Different games on the different frequencies for
Glenn: At the moment we offer Southend United home and away games on
our southern frequencies and Colchester home and away on our northern
transmitters. Earlier this season when Canvey Island were playing at Wigan
we did three different commentaries at the same time so it is possible. However,
staffing wise this can be a difficult exercise. The current arrangement is one I
inherited when I took over the job in October. During the Summer I intend
to take a close look at what we do and see whether it can be improved.
Hardy: The BBC Radio Lincolnshire now has a page on the website
dedicated to Boston United including audio files of reports, commentary on the
goals in games and interviews. Does BBC Essex have any similar plans?
Glenn: At present we have sports pages on our website which are kept up to date by our
web staff. As a Sports Producer my main job is to work towards radio and
fitting in some online/ceefax work if I can. It isn't actually possible for us
to put goal commentaries on our website as it is against regulations and we
have no rights for it. Our Sports Bulletins are captured and available on the
BBC Essex site along with the rest of our Sports stories. Essex's website
hasn't been in place as long as Lincolnshire's and so is always developing.
Hardy: Do you think the Daggers will make it up now this season?
Glenn: I hope so - after the win over Boston it looked so
good. I don't think we've seen the last twist of the season and there will be a
few more slips before the season is out.
Hardy: If they do, will we expect to see similar radio coverage of our
games in 2002/03 as Southend and Colchester get now?
Glenn: Radio Solent offer three commentaries on a Saturday - Southampton, Portsmouth and
Bournemouth. I'm hoping if the Daggers do go up we will be given more
facilities and I will have more at my disposal to improve our coverage
right across the board.