The BBC should INCREASE resources for Regional Television in the North West of England, NOT Cut it!

An article in the Liverpool Echo (dated 5th May 2020) reports that the BBC, citing the tough Economic climate, plans to mothball two of its bases in Lancashire from where reporters and editors edit news- items to report on the north of the BBC North West Region. This article can be found here: https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/bbc-close-offices-north-west-18202450.

The BBC, of course, deny that this will mean redundancies and even worse coverage for the north of the BBC North West Region. However, it is inevitable that through moving resources out of the northern two-thirds of the North West (by closing offices in Lancaster and Blackpool) that this is exactly what should happen. Television license payers in the North West pay £157.50 per annum and (arguably) the BBC is getting more money than they did over thirty years ago when BBC North West not only covered all of Cumbria (and had a base in Carlisle), but also provided opt-out news coverage for Cumbria in lunchtime North West regional bulletins.

The BBC’s priorities are wrong, not its money. They should NOT be cutting Regional Television resources for the North West, but INCREASING these resources because Lancashire and South Cumbria are given scant regard as it is. The move to mothball offices in Lancashire will make for even worse news- coverage!

Published by northwestisnorthwest

I live near Alston in north -east Cumbria (and yes, it is in North West England). I have friends who live in the middle part of North West England - near Lancaster (which is where I went to University and used to live until 14 years ago). A big problem is that the Regional Television Bulletins for the North West covers the southern third of the Region about 90%,(plus a part of Derbyshire which is NOT the North West of England), covers the middle third of North West England poorly and covers the northern third of North West England not at all! People living in the westernmost part of North West England (around St. Bees Head) have local BBC news on their televisions which is 90% about North East England!!

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