MP’s fury over plans to cut programmes on BBC Radio Solent

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A CITY MP has said he will fight to prevent any cuts to BBC Radio Solent.

Reports that the BBC’s local radio stations could be cut down to just breakfast and drive-time broadcasts has provoked outrage from MP for Portsmouth South Mike Hancock.

He demanded that the corporation take another look at the salaries it pays to its stars before it considers replacing daytime local content with its national station, 5 Live.

‘It would be an absolute disaster,’ he said. ‘People have got so used to local radio as a form of direct communication and I will campaign to keep stations live and active. It is an important part of community life.

‘The BBC ought to think about how much some of its employees are paid. I don’t think anyone will take what they say seriously until they get to grips with that.’

A BBC spokesman said: ‘No decisions have been made so it would be wrong to speculate. It is of course only right that BBC staff have an opportunity to input ideas about shaping the BBC’s future. The delivering quality first sessions are designed to provoke discussion among staff about the way the BBC works and any decisions coming out of the process would be subject to approval by the BBC Trust.’