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Travel ban angers local BBC radio reporters for claiming ‘pen buttons’ show favoritism

Travel ban irritates local BBC radio reporters as they claim ‘pen pushers’ have stopped dozens of radio broadcasters from commenting along the way, while Radio 5Live and television broadcasts are allowed to continue

  • The BBC banned local radio reporters from covering matches outside their region
  • No restrictions have been introduced for Radio 5Live and television broadcasts
  • Several insiders have said that the ‘penduwers’ do not understand their work
  • Requests for an exception for the two Papa John’s Trophy finals were denied

An argument has broken out within the BBC after bosses banned local radio reporters from covering away games outside their region.

In a move that has sparked allegations of favoritism, what insiders have described as ‘pen pushers’ have prevented dozens of radio broadcasters from commenting along the way, while no such restrictions have been put in place for Radio 5Live and television broadcasts like Final Score and Match of the day.

Sportsmail also understands that requests to make an exception for the two Papa John’s Trophy finals in Wembley on March 13 and 14 have been rejected, so that no local radio will be available.

BBC bosses have banned local radio reporters from covering matches outside their region

BBC bosses have banned local radio reporters from covering matches outside their region

BBC bosses have banned local radio reporters from covering matches outside their region

The move, introduced at Christmas and extended to March 29 last week, only applies to local radio stations. Many believe it makes no sense. They pointed out that before the ban, they would leave home to travel to the stadium to deliver their broadcasts before returning home.

Now they are dragged into studios to comment from a feed – connecting them with other staff indoors.

There was a knock-on effect for some EFL clubs, who relied on local radio commentary at away games for viewers on their iFollow platforms and could no longer use it.

“It’s a panic decision,” said a source. ‘One rule for one and one for the other. Pure favoritism.

However, such restrictions have not been introduced for Radio 5Live and television broadcasts

For example, the BBC would like to send someone from London to Marine to ask a few questions before and after the recent FA Cup game, but we have different rules for the locals that provide a valuable service to the community.

‘The people who make these decisions – in fact pen pushers – don’t understand our work. They want to keep the BBC’s local staff safe in their own premises, but by forbidding people to go to lands, the reporters – who otherwise wouldn’t have business entering a BBC studio – are forced to do so. to do.

‘The Wembley thing is really annoying. A final at Wembley is a big part of the radio output for a lower division club. ‘

A BBC spokesperson said: “Providing local news and information has been our main goal during the pandemic, so we made the difficult decision to limit travel to reduce the risk of disruption at our stations.”

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