BBC warns of service closures

The BBC has admitted that TV, radio and online services could be at risk as the corporation seeks cost savings in the face of October’s licence fee settlement.

Michael Lyons, the outgoing BBC Trust chairman, said he “could not rule out” the closure of certain services given the tough licence fee settlement, as he unveiled the conclusions of the corporation’s strategy review.

Speaking to journalists about the strategy review, Lyons did not rule out the scaling back of some services, or possible closures.

“Let’s not be under any misapprehension, the notion that we can look for a sixteen per cent reduction in budget and sail on as you are is inconceivable so basically you can’t rule out service changes and indeed service reductions. But that shouldn’t be where you start the exercise,” he said.

“We can’t promise that with a 16 per cent reduction … that everything will continue in its existing form.”

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