BBC Radio Stoke’s Checkatrade snub shows rank hypocrisy

After Tuesday night’s game, previous comments will now come back to haunt the BBC Radio Stoke sports team.

For a radio station that proudly boasts to be “the only place for live match coverage of every Stoke City, Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra first-team game” you would have thought missing Vale’s Tuesday night game would be embarrassing enough. But when you add in recent comments it smacks of rank hypocrisy.

This is very same competition where stay-away fans opting to watch from home via the iFollow service were labelled a “disgrace” by a BBC commentator…

It’s only a Checkatrade Trophy game after all, but then again this is very same competition where stay-away fans opting to watch from home via the iFollow service were labelled a “disgrace” by a BBC commentator.

They were clearly ill thought-out comments at the time (what about fans staying home due to childcare commitments, disability or illness, financial issues or work commitments) but the radio station may now come to regret that childish rant.

After all, the iFollow service so derided by the same commentator, ironically actually turned out to be the only place for exiled fans to follow the action. Not the radio station whose jingle constantly claims that they are the only source of live coverage.

Let’s hope the radio station learns some lessons from this episode. It may be wise not to criticise long-suffering and loyal Port Vale fans over imagined lack of loyalty when your own staff, on a paid shift, cannot even make the game.

Oh, and perhaps it’s time to edit that “only place for live match coverage” jingle too!

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