Dozens of broadcasters from Stephen Fry to Sir Lenny Henry, have signed a letter asking the BBC not to cut its emissions of regional news in English.
The BBC has cancelled the series fall Inside Out and has merged its programs and policies regional weekly.
The BBC is now “largely under-served by the regional public,” said the letter sent by the National Union of Journalists.
In response, the company has declared that the pandemic coronavirus we were ” forced to prioritize our resources.”
The letter is addressed to the outgoing director-general Lord Hall, who said that the BBC had to find savings of 125 million pounds sterling this year, and his successor, Tim Davie.
The signatories also include the presenter Fern Britton, actor Dominic West, the naturalist Chris Packham, writer and actress Daisy May Cooper, the poet Benjamin Zephaniah, the film director Ken Loach and the chain Gloria Hunniford.
“An essential element of public service broadcasting “
He said: “Never in the field of investigative journalism in-depth, hold people accountable and reflect the regional diversity of britain was also important. ”
Inside Out is broadcast in 11 regions, covering a wide range of stories and issues affecting life in these regions. During this time, political programs, regional Sunday morning have been replaced during the pandemic by a single show.
The letter continues: “If these cuts were to become permanent, they could threaten the democracy in English by not providing an important platform for the voices of our communities who need and want to be heard.
“Even in the face of financial pressures, we urge the BBC not to reduce the regional programming and to defend a vital element of public service broadcasting that is not available anywhere else. “
“The very real financial challenges”
A spokesman for the BBC said: “The broadcasting of local and regional part of the DNA of the BBC and we are particularly proud of the performance of our services over the last few months.
“The pandemic has forced us to prioritize our resources. We have therefore cancelled the series fall Inside Out and continue the program single policy for England until the summer.
“The BBC is facing financial challenges is very real, so naturally we look at the savings that could be achieved through the BBC. ”
In January, Lord Hall has unveiled a plan designed to ensure that at least two-thirds of the company’s employees are based outside of London by 2027.
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