From Mr Roger Farrow.

Sir, May I congratulate you on your editorial “This is London” (March 3). I am a retiree insomniac and derive considerable solace from the BBC World Service on FM. I have often heard the dulcet tones of Lucy Kellaway at 3am. It appears that a change of address and of funding will be to the benefit of this broadcasting treasure.

However, I have, in recent times, become more and more irritated by the use of a persistent percussive background to trailers and news headlines.

This banging, crashing, jangling, thudding, thumping accompaniment is not the least melodic and cannot be any sort of signature tune. If the objective is to introduce a sense of urgency, then in one sense it succeeds – I feel an urgent need to press the off switch.

This background cacophony also afflicts the BBC News at One on television and is for me a pain in the timpani. I have previously complained to the BBC in this context and the auditory assault has, if anything, got worse. I hope to enlist the support of other listeners and I will write to the head of the World Service.

Roger Farrow, Tamworth, Staffs, UK

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