Must admit I'm intrigued, how with all these budget cuts, BBC WM can produce it's own standalone, not shared with with any other station, late night weekday late show? (The Graham Torrington thing, in case you're wondering?)
Where has the budget been shaved to do this then?
(Wonder how it'll last, before budget cuts eventually get it?)
The Beeb are always pleading poverty, so you have to wonder!
Erm, radio programming isn't a big budget medium. It used to be said that 1 episode of Bergerac was the same as Radio Cornwall's funding for a year. I'm sure these days, the comparison could be made with one episode of Doctor Who or Sherlock, though closer to the truth would be the cost of the whole series rather than just 1 episode.
That's why the whole idea of cutting local radio is so unfair as the nature of the stations means there isn't a heckuva lot of wasted money in local radio. Whereas you could argue otherwise about many other parts of the BBC.