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BBC local radio cuts 'a crippling blow', says MP

December 2, 2023 by admin in Don in Parliament, News

The BBC has faced further calls from MPs to reverse its controversial proposed cuts to local radio, which they said would deal the stations a “crippling blow”.

Lib Dem MP Don Foster said the impact of the cuts on local radio station budgets would be “very significant” given their high level of fixed costs.

“I simply do not understand why something that is so important to so many of our constituents is under attack in this way,” said Foster.

“It is worth remembering that something like 20% of people [who listen to BBC local radio] only listen to local radio. It is a lifeline for older people and the disabled and so on. I hope again the BBC will look at it agin, just as they will look again at the issue of regional TV.”

You can read the full article in The Guardian here.