Leader backs local radio

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SHEFFIELD Council leader Julie Dore has written to BBC chairman Chris Patten urging the corporation not to make further cuts to local radio.

Cuts to BBC funding have already led to Radio Sheffield merging with Leeds and York for afternoon programming.

Concerns have been raised that as part of the Delivering Quality First review, the BBC is consulting on plans to replace all local broadcasting with the national 5 Live channel, except Breakfast and Drive Time programmes.

Coun Dore said: “I think it is important that we make it clear how strongly local people feel about maintaining a local station.

“We have already seen cuts to schedules in afternoon programmes and I think it would be wrong to diminish the local service even further.

“I hope the BBC will take into account the importance of retaining a focus on local issues.”