Local BBC TV news 'will not be axed'

The BBC's director-general has said the corporation's smallest regional TV news services "will not be axed."

Plans to cut services in Cambridge, Oxford and the Channel Islands were proposed.

But in a letter to David Cameron, who represents an Oxfordshire constituency, Mark Thompson said withdrawing the services would be a "retrograde step."

He added: "I do not intend to include this idea in the package of proposals that I submit to the BBC Trust."

Lord Patten and the BBC Trust will have the final say on which proposals will be implemented to achieve the BBC's 20% efficiency savings.

The BBC currently offers television bulletins each weekday evening in the three smaller areas, either as separate programmes or as part of the longer regional news services from Plymouth, Southampton and Norwich.

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