Cut digital channels, not Today: Humphrys

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John Humphrys, presenter of the BBC Radio Four's Today programme, has joined calls from fellow senior journalists for the corporation to cut spending on digital channels in order to preserve current affairs programming.

At the Edinburgh Television Festival last month Panorama reporter John Sweeney said the BBC should shut either BBC Three or BBC Four rather than cut current affairs spending.

Earlier Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman told festival goers that it appeared the BBC wanted to stay in "every television and radio channel and maintain its internet presence, but to do so with fewer resources".

Humphrys told The Independent he feared the Today programme faced cuts of up to 20%. "If continuing with channels like BBC Three and BBC Four, if funding those channels means that the price to pay is that there must be damaging cuts to core programmes then I don't believe that is a price worth paying," said Humphrys.

Lovelace Consulting  |  03.09.2007

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