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
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
Email the BBC with your views. Tim Gillett’s email address is: