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BBC NEWS CUTS

Cuts reactivated - P43 onwards

ST
South Today
Siggy posted:
And by pure chance amidst all this we had an anniversary today...

https://mobile.twitter.com/susiefowlerwatt/status/1280242640294903809


Whose going to start the online petition!?
JW
JamesWorldNews STV Central World News
Politics Live is an excellent programme. I would hate to see it go.
@JamesWorldNews | #StayHomeSaveLives
CM
cmthwtv West Country (East) Points West
Here we stand, with rumours that the BBC are to scrap Politics Live and The Andrew Neil Show.

What on Earth is going on inside the minds of BBC management?

Scrapping regional shows to make them more “newsy” with no double headed presentation which for some people, are apart of their lives and make them feel less lonely. Thousands of staff are going to loose their jobs.

Don’t get me wrong, I know the government isn’t exactly generous with its funding. But when a public service broadcaster cannot afford to run key services then is there a point in it anymore?

The BBC continues to run stuff that hardly rates and yet wants to scrap programmes that form a part in the countries political agenda. We will just be left with bloody Question Time and The Andrew Marr Show at this point. Don’t get me wrong, they are alright shows, but after all these years they get a bit boring.

Up pops Politics Live with a lovely new studio, graphics, music and format.

Up pops Andrew Neil with a show to hold politicians to account.

Down pops those shows because they can’t afford it. Ridiculous.

This post has no flow whatsoever and is just mostly me ranting but to think the BBC can’t afford to run these sort of things makes me question the point of a public broadcaster who can’t provide “unique” services.
NT
Night Thoughts London London

This post has no flow whatsoever and is just mostly me ranting but to think the BBC can’t afford to run these sort of things makes me question the point of a public broadcaster who can’t provide “unique” services.


There will be many people in government pleased to see you question the point of a public broadcaster.
CM
cmthwtv West Country (East) Points West

This post has no flow whatsoever and is just mostly me ranting but to think the BBC can’t afford to run these sort of things makes me question the point of a public broadcaster who can’t provide “unique” services.


There will be many people in government pleased to see you question the point of a public broadcaster.


I worry for the BBCs future. I can (only just) remember when the BBC could afford to air just about anything. BBC Two wasn’t just a reincarnation of the News Channel and repeats. BBC Four had its own news programme. The One Six and Ten aired just on One. The News Channel was pure news throughout the day. It was not accused of impartiality for reporting on something somebody doesn’t like. The government wouldn’t avoid going on programmes to be scrutinised.

If the BBC ends up being dismantled, then our democracy changes. Each time management and the government pinch at it, the stability and individuality of the BBC begins to crumble. News presentation and news junkie me aside, before I even gave the BBC a second thought, it was just a part of my life. I watched newsround. We watched CBBC. Cbeebies stood as a free childcare option. I would never have thought of getting rid of it.
NE
Newsroom
Politics Live is an excellent programme. I would hate to see it go.


Whhhhhhaaaaaat? Where are these rumours? Politics Live surely is not in the firing line?
BF
BFGArmy Channel Channel Islands
I know it’s a pretty cliche point often spouted but with these decisions you do wonder what a public service broadcaster should be there for.
Surely strong regional news, local radio and a show like Politics Live is exactly the sort of thing a public service broadcaster should be providing.
The optics of targetting local coverage and now apparently political coverage while paying someone like Lineker millions to host football highlights isn’t great (especially as with sport people watch for the sport - viewing figures will not collapse if Gabby Logan were to appear rather than Gary).
CA
Cardiffian
Let's not forget why these cuts are happening, which is for the most part because the government refuses to fund universal free TV licenses for the over 75s, but still insists that the BBC provides them! So this is a massive cut to the BBC by stealth, for which the government wants to blame the BBC itself.

The BBC might just survive until the mid-2020s but if the Conservatives get into government again in 2024 I think that might be the end.
HA
harshy Founding member
They need to stop paying big ears big wages, that would keep one or two regional presenters, what is more important regional news presented by two presenters which viewers identify with, especially in times like this or big ears with his football highlights.

With a potential second spike looming, now is not the time to be cutting regional news.
AS
AlexS Central (East) Midlands Today
I can kind of see double headed regional presentation being retained for now, simply because threatening to end it has proven to be an excellent way of removing publicity of and scrutiny of much bigger and more worrying changes, which could well be useful again in passing yet more cuts in a few years time.
Realistically nobody is actually going to switch off if Suzy and Roger began presenting Look East and Look North on their own and having a singular presenter does not in itself effect the types of story that can be covered by such a programme. Unfortunately the same cannot be said in the way of cutting inside out or removing resources from local radio (although I do strongly believe many local radio stations have used the current situation as an excuse to be lazy and some stations are showing that much of the specialist content can be maintained within the new constraints if local management can be bothered).
MA
Meridian AM Meridian (South) South Today
They need to stop paying big ears big wages, that would keep one or two regional presenters, what is more important regional news presented by two presenters which viewers identify with, especially in times like this or big ears with his football highlights.

With a potential second spike looming, now is not the time to be cutting regional news.


I agree that Lineker and others are paid far too much.
However...
Why is it apparently so important for some regions to have 2 people alternating reading a couple of sentences each from the autocue for every story? For the cringey banter?
West Midlands, South and others seem to have worked well for a long time having just one newsreader at 6.30.
BBC and ITV national news is fine with only one employee presenting all bulletins.
GJ
GeekyJames New member Meridian (South) South Today
I've found this story about Politics Live - https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/politics-live looks like the BBC won't commit to bringing it back as a daily programme after the summer recess.

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