BBC to review radio services in Scotland, Wales and NI.

The BBC Trust has launched a review of its radio services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The review aimed at improving the service offered by BBC Radio Ulster, Radio Foyle, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru starts today with a 12-week public consultation ahead of a more detailed audience research programme.

The consultation with listeners will last until January with a final report on the quality of radio in the devolved nations expected sometime next summer.

Sir Michael Lyons, BBC Trust chairman, said: ‘Over two million listeners tune into these radio stations each week.

‘Part of the Trust’s job is to make sure the BBC is serving all audiences around the UK, so we want to hear from as many of these listeners as possible with their thoughts on the services.

‘We want to know what they like, what they dislike and what, if anything, the BBC should do to make these radio stations better.”

Previously, the Trust has published service reviews of bbc.co.uk, the BBC’s services for children, the BBC’s services for young people and Radio 2 and 6 Music.

This eighth review of the BBC’s output follows claims by the Trust earlier this year that the BBC has made significant improvements to the coverage of the devolved nations in its network news and current affairs programmes.

In July, the Trust said the proportion of news items referring to the devolved nations has almost doubled on the BBC since it conducted a similar study two years ago which highlighted shortcomings in the corporation’s reporting on devolution.

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