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darcysarto

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Rumours of BBC Local Radio & 5Live Merger?
« on: March 08, 2016, 07:54:51 PM »
It's been a while since I've posted but there you go.

Two pieces today in the Guardian and Telegraph suggest that the previously mooted scraping of local radio programmes outside of Breakfast and Drive are back on the agenda at the BBC.  The recent covert licence fee deal has left the BBC needing to save another 500m.  Yes Tony Hall did say it was a good deal.

The John Plunkett's piece on Iain Lee mentions it and Patrick Foster also picks up on it in the Telegraph.

There's nothing concrete in there but given they tried to get away with it before when they didn't really need to..

Worth pointing out for anyone who doesn't know, local radio is in the News division of the BBC.

Meanwhile, Tony Hall - here he is looking serious - has been speaking today..



..warning of the threat to the BBC's independence - no really.

Whilst in a bizarre looking glass moment Culture Secretary John Whittingdale took it upon himself to comment on what he sees as one of the BBC's priorities

The politician said news should be an 'absolute core central activity of the BBC, and it should be a priority'.

'There are savings within the BBC that don't require them to slash news budgets or close a channel', he said, adding 'news is not the first place they should look, in many ways it should be the last place'.


Everything as clear as mud as usual, anyone got a lasso?

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Re: Rumours of BBC Local Radio & 5Live Merger?
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2016, 08:04:55 PM »
Oh dear... here we go again.....


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