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Dozens of jobs at risk in BBC cuts to local coverage, report claims

BBC PlymouthDozens of jobs are reported to be at risk as part of planned cuts to the BBC’s local coverage.

According to The Guardian, the BBC is set to reveal proposals to cut the number of weekday shows on each of its 39 local radio stations in England and Wales to two.

The move would mean each station would retain just a breakfast show and a lunchtime programme, while afternoon and evening coverage would consist of shows broadcast on multiple stations.

Weekend output would also be regionalised, with the exception of sport coverage.

The Guardian says such a move would likely result in “dozens of job losses, rounds of voluntary redundancies and presenters having to reapply for their jobs”.

The report comes just a month after BBC radio journalists were praised for highlighting the power of local journalism when former Prime Minister Liz Truss undertook a series of “car crash” interviews on eight different breakfast shows.

A BBC spokesperson told The Guardian: “We announced back in May that we would be introducing greater programme sharing between our 39 BBC local radio stations in England.

“This will enable us to increase investment in local digitised services.

“We will be sharing more information on these plans very shortly – and our own staff will of course hear about any proposed changes first.

“Our local services are trusted by millions of people and our plans are designed to ensure we keep pace with audiences in a fast-changing world.”