A report out today suggests that the BBC may cut regional news in the morning and axing sub-opt regional news services in a bid to save money.
The three sub-opt services which provide more ultra local news from places such as the Channel Islands are on the cards to be axed. There are also plans to create super regions for regional current affairs programming. It is said that the money the BBC needs to save is around £400 million.
It is claimed that regional bulletins could be axed from BBC One’s Breakfast programme, which is currently attracting an average of 1.7 million viewers. The regional lunchtime programme, which follows the BBC News at One is also said to be up for the chop.
A BBC staff member told the Media Guardian “The fear is that the BBC regional news could now go the same way as ITV with fewer regions and at a time when the government is keen to encourage more ‘localness'”.
A report is due to be drawn up in a few months and will be presented to the BBC Trust in July.
“If you live in the North East, Cumbria or North Yorkshire you’ll already feel like a super-region having such a large area covered by Look North, yet other regions – smaller areas – have split news, such as the East of England.” – TV Critic Vivian Summers