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In 1993,The Daggers drew 2-2 with Cambridge City Away in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round


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Not any more!

BBC Essex Turn Their Back On Essex Sport?
by Alan on 23/08/2004

Alan reports on BBC Essex's decision to cover West Ham matches at the expense of Essex Clubs.

BBC Essex Turn Their Back On Essex Sport?

With Southend and Canvey being at home last Saturday, many Daggers fans will have tuned in to BBC Essex 765MW on Saturday expecting to hear commentary on the Daggers’ away game at Burton. They will have been stunned to find that BBC Essex were covering West Ham United’s trip to Crewe on that frequency, with Colchester’s trip to Chesterfield being the other commentary game.

The promised updates as to what the Daggers were up to failed to materialise on the 765mw coverage, other than at half and full time.

We have contacted BBC Essex, to be told that they are going to be covering every West Ham game, at the expense of the Essex Conference sides Dagenham and Redbridge and Canvey Island.

Programming Editor, Tim Gillett told us that:

“We are offering commentary on West Ham matches purely by demand. So many listeners are West Ham fans and can't get commentary elsewhere that we are providing a service. BBC London 94.9 offer West Ham commentary on some matches as do Talksport. We are able to offer commentary on every West Ham match.

West Ham fans living in Essex have no such service until now.

I'm very proud that we have added a further service to our sports output, and one I'm sure which will greatly boost the number of listeners who enjoy sport on BBC Essex"

The stance taken by BBC Essex is entirely regrettable. There are many Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea fans in Essex, arguably more than there are West Ham fans, so why not extend this logic to cover their games instead of any of the Essex sides?

BBC Essex should be supporting Essex sport and covering Essex sides, not sides from outside of the county who happen to have supporters in Essex.

BBC Essex provided a great service last year by following the Daggers on the road, why can they not provide the same service to Canvey Island and the Daggers this year?

Email the BBC with your views. Tim Gillett’s email address is: tim.gillett@bbc.co.uk

Addendum
Since writing this article, the author has been contacted by BBC Essex, who would like it to be made clear that there will be "selected" live coverage of Canvey and Dagenham throughout the season, but that West Ham will be covered on 765mw each week.

Tim Gillett, the Programmes Editor, has told the author and several other fans who have contacted him that Dagenham and Redbridge are a London team as they are not within the administrative area of Essex, and so by rights they should not be covered by BBC Essex at all.

Lynne Wilson, the Acting Managing Director of BBC Essex says that "there will be no reduction in the resources or coverage we give to Colchester United, Southend United, Dagenham and Redbridge or Canvey." This statement is slightly baffling in that all Daggers away games were covered last season, and only selected Conference games will be covered this season, which surely equates to a reduction in coverage?

Glenn Speller, the Sports Producer for BBC Essex says that because of changes in the staffing, budgets and commitments this season, BBC Essex were never going to be able to cover weekly live Conference football this season in any event.


 

 

 

 

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