Isle of Man TT Petition launched
Manx Radio has provided news and results during the Isle of Man TT and Manx GP races for more than half a century, but reports broke this week that broadcasting rights to races will be put out to commercial tender by the government.
It is understood that this step comes after Manx Radio requested an additional £250,000 in funding during coverage of the TT in 2018.
The decision by the Department for Enterprise has been met with widespread opposition, and a group of dedicated motorcycle racing fans have set up a petition to reverse the decision. In just one week since it was launched, more than 11,000 people have already signed at time of writing.
The petition states: “Manx Radio have covered the Isle of Man TT Races with intellectual broadcasting and presenters and commentators who are up-to-date with all of today’s and yesterday’s TT and Manx Grand Prix riders’ facts and figures.
“Their second-to-none coverage on radio and worldwide on the internet has caused the sensation that makes the Isle of Man the number one biking station in the world. To have it taken away and replaced by an off-island agency is both ridiculous and a major step backwards for the TT races and indeed the Isle of Man.
“We must not allow this to happen.”
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