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Rokker Radio, the weekly programme produced by, for, and about the Travelling and Roma community, is
facing possible closure. Rokker Radio plays a vital role keeping Gypsy/Traveller/Roma views alive and on the public agenda, it allows members of the community to stay in touch, debate and be informed.
It also provides a wealth of music, talk and entertainment steeped in a culture reaching back centuries and moving forward rapidly.
Many, many people, both Traveller and non Traveller tune in live to the broadcast and others who live outside the broadcast area (who were hoping the service would ultimately go national)listen to the programme on line.
In addition the programme provides an important link and source of information for professionals and advocates in, and for the Gypsy / Traveller / Roma communities.
Costs to run the programme are comparitively low and considering that it is the only programme either on radio or television serving one of Britain's oldest ethnic minorities the show provides real value for money.
In the interests of the community it serves and the wider community we really cannot allow this small but significant service to be axed.
From local news and events, to the World Service, to reporting from war zones and Children in Need the BBC has a unsurpassable reputation for fairness, truth and just representation - to get rid of Rokker Radio would constitute a great injustice towards a community which has put up with far too much already. Therefore, we wish to express our opposition to any such action.

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Latest Signatures

  • 17 January 2016300. Fiona N
    I support this petition
  • 26 December 2015299. Natasha G
    I support this petition
  • 02 December 2015298. Clare A
    I support this petition
  • 21 November 2015297. John S
    I support this petition
  • 20 November 2015296. Amanda D
    I support this petition
  • 07 November 2015295. Mark T
    Equal representation for so little cost!
  • 30 October 2015294. Sue W
    I support this petition
  • 23 October 2015293. Agnes M
    I support this petition
  • 21 October 2015292. Colin C
    This would be a devastating loss of a great show - a truly innovative venture that meets a genuine need for the community. Please rethink this decision!
  • 11 October 2015291. Lillis Ol
    I support this petition
  • 18 September 2015290. Helen M
    I support this petition
  • 12 September 2015289. Mr Christopherj
    Rokker Radio is a vital service for the Gypsy/Traveller community
  • 11 September 2015288. Angela W
    I support this petition
  • 06 September 2015287. Matthew D
    Please reconsider this decision.
  • 10 August 2015286. A Morgana
    Please rethink your decision this is a crucially important resource for the Romany & Irish Traveller communities. You should be increasing its coverage not axing it!!
  • 10 August 2015285. Chris Penfoldbrownromanyp
    I am beside myself with disappointment, Jake Bowers is our voice, Romany people have little enough as it is, why would they wont to take our Radio away. there are so many listen, and enjoy the show on a Sunday evening, please dont take away our two hours
  • 25 July 2015284. Thomas A
    I support this petition
  • 21 July 2015283. Scott D
    The Gypsy and Traveler community need this resource and it is awful that you propose to cut this resource has this decission been impact assessed under the Race Relations Ammendment Act 2000 recognising that Irish Travellers and Roma Gypsies are covered b
  • 19 July 2015282. Kelly G
    I support this petition
  • 26 June 2015281. Clare C
    I support this petition
  • 17 June 2015280. John W
    This radio programme is invaluable for giving balanced and fair reporting of Gypsy and Traveller communities and giving a public voice to members of these communities and should not be closed down.
  • 10 June 2015279. Oakalia L
    every person, from all walks of life deserve to be heard and have thier say. so why should we have ours taken away from us. we have had people try and silence us and shut us out for years, dont let it keep on happening. keep rokker radio on the air
  • 09 June 2015278. Ian D
    I support this petition
  • 08 June 2015277. Hector M
    Letter following
  • 07 June 2015276. Jkhatoon Gillespie
    I support this petition
  • 01 June 2015275. Umesh P
    I support this petition
  • 21 May 2015274. Margaret W
    Rokker Radio is one of the most exciting BBC developments in recent years and it provides a unique voice for Gypsy and Traveller communities

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Stefanie AshleyBy:
Politics and GovernmentIn:
Petition target:
Mark Thompson, DG, BBC


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