As has been covered by Peter Walker, the BBC has a problem with cycling. In particular, regional radio talk shows like to use the topic for dial-in audiences the way the regional papers do it for click bait commenters.
If you look at Peter's coverage, it implies that the BBC is actually getting worse.
- The BBC: still getting it wrong on cycling coverage (Nov 2014)
- The BBC has a problem with cyclists, and it doesn't want to talk about it (July 2015)
- Why does the BBC feel it’s OK to demonise cyclists? (November 2017)
We are getting to the point where the difference between the BBC and LBC cycling is more on regional accents than the content or themes for dial-in and in-studio audiences.
Jan 4: BBC Radio Kent:
BBC Radio Kent. A history there, with topics like "Should cyclists be banned in cities?" designed to stir up click, and "Do we need more rules for cyclists?" (2012)Should there be more laws for cyclists? Should they be made to wear high-viz and have insurance? And what's the answer to the #NHSCrisis? Join the debate on @BBCRADIOKENT from 6 x @mrstevenallen— Anna Cookson (@AnnaCookson) January 4, 2018
BBC Radio Kent managed to beat even BBC Ulster for getting the first article in, though we can expect them to not only get in their themselves, but go to such extremes it gets close to being a hate crime.
Jan 11: BBC Points West
Less vilificaton, but still on a theme of "is the cyclist in the wrong?", rather than, say "if you wonder why so few people cycle round Bristol, it's because they are expected to cycle with HGVs".Cyclists. Motorists. What do you think of this? 🚗🚙🚲🚲 pic.twitter.com/03LuRCWCUT— BBC Points West (@bbcpointswest) January 11, 2018
Not radio, probably not even on TV. Just local-paper-class controversy-bait.
Jan 28: Storm Huntley, Intermittent CBBC presenter, Twitter.
Cyclist who take up the whole road pretending they’re in the Tour de France are the worst!— Storm Huntley (@StormHuntley) January 27, 2018
Any more of that and you’ll be doing the Tour de hospital!!🤨
The Cliche'd "Tour de France, Tour de Hospital!" attempt at wittiness. If she thought she was being original, she wasn't.
Update: tweet deleted. Here is the original post
This on a week three teenage boys were killed by speeding Audi driver —clearly threatening people trying to cycle home alive matters more.