APPG Media Chair responds to BBC announcement on regional cuts

The announcement comes despite the BBC in recent times making an effort to move jobs outside of London and promote its ability to provide regional news in areas abandoned by commercial broadcasters.

Andy Carter MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Media, said: “If there’s one thing that sits at the heart of the BBC’s public purpose its serving regional audiences.  Making cuts to regional TV and local radio – the PSB bit they should be really shouting about makes no sense.

I’m very disappointed to see proposals which include regional content for the North West being made in Yorkshire as their 11 editions of Inside Out are cut to 6.

Local newspapers and commercial tv and radio are under incredible pressure from the reduction in local advertising – we need our publicly funded broadcaster to play their role now more than ever in delivering reliable journalism routed in the regions.

Critics of the decision argue that local and regional coverage, seeing high viewing and listening figures during the Covid-19 crisis, has played an integral role this year and that the BBC should continue to invest rather than pull its funding.

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