1 November 2022
Bridgen raises concerns about proposals to reduce BBC local radio provision

Responding to a Government statement on the impact of the proposed reductions in BBC local radio provision, Andrew Bridgen highlights the perception that the BBC is London-focused, London-centric and out of touch with the sentiment of the public outside the capital and raises concerns that further reductions in regional services will only exacerbate that perception.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

Despite raising about 20% of its total revenue from the midlands, the BBC currently spends only about 2% of its total budget there. The BBC is often accused of being London-focused, London-centric and out of touch with the sentiment of the public outside the capital. Does the Minister agree that any further reductions in regional services will only exacerbate that perception?

The Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Julia Lopez)

That issue was a real passion of the former Secretary of State, who secured several commitments from the BBC about moving services out of London and trying to get better representative content, be that socioeconomic or regional and local. My hon. Friend raises an important question about whether the BBC adequately represents every corner of our country, and such questions are ripe for raising.

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