The BBC Asian Network has been saved from any major changes resulting from the White Paper published by the government last week.
The Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale had announced a slew of changes including the abolishment of the BBC Trust and a licence fee increase in line with inflation. Today, the BBC announced a saving of �15m with the closure of BBC Food and BBC Newsbeat websites.
While there are no obvious changes at the BBC Asian Network, the station was questioned about its distinctiveness compared to its commercial rivals. Speaking to BizAsiaLive.com, a BBC spokesperson said, “The White Paper sets out recommendations for the future shape and scope of the BBC as a whole during the next Charter period. It makes clear that all audiences should be served by the BBC whatever their background and praises the distinctiveness of the BBC Asian Network.”
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