MSPs reportedly unite to condemn plan to axe gardening show

MSPs have reportedly “joined forces” to call on BBC Radio Scotland to re-think a proposal to axe the gardening programme, the Beechgrove Potting Shed.

In August, allmediascotland reported the show is to be “folded from its Sunday berth into the daily MacAulay and Co, presented by Fred MacAulay”, as part of budget cuts caused by a six-year freezing of the TV licence fee agreed between the Corporation and the Westminister Government two years ago.

Reports The Scotsman: “Scottish politicians joined forces yesterday to call on the BBC to rethink the ‘bizarre’ axing of Scotland’s only radio gardening programme.

“MSPs united in condemning the move to give Radio Scotland favourite, The Beechgrove Potting Shed, the chop in the latest round of funding cuts.

“The politicians urged listeners to mount a campaign in their thousands – something which saved the BBC radio station, 6Music, after it was proposed for closure in 2010.”

Yesterday, the paper reported the gardening broadcaster, Jim McColl, expressing his dismay at the plan, including in a letter to Jane Fowler, editor of speech-based programmes at BBC Radio Scotland.

McColl’s concerns are reported too in today’s Herald.