Jeremy, pictured, took to Twitter to make the plea after Mr Whittingdale’s appointment was reported on HTFP on Monday.
He wrote: “It would be good to see Whittingdale return the BBC to what they’re good at and stop them encroaching on what we’re good at, local news.”
Both the YEP and the YP are currently involved in a content-sharing project, which involves links to their stories being posted on the BBC’s website.
The scheme is set to be introduced across England over the next year.
Adding his thoughts on Mr Whittingdale’s appointment, Ashley wrote on the social networking website: “Whittingdale culture secretary appointment potentially very positive from regional publishers’ point of view.”
In the interview, a full transcript of which can be found here, John called for cuts to the “bloated echelons” of the corporation.
He added: “Every other media organisation, and the BBC ought to be included in this, has had to re-evaluate their existence in this modern age, had to cut costs, had to prune to the bone their overheads to survive.
“And there’s not a day goes past when I don’t read in our own trade journals about another newspaper suffering. And some of that suffering has been caused by the relentless growth of the BBC in the regions.”
The BBC has declined to comment.