The Sun newspaper’s Associate Editor, Trevor Kavanagh, has said the BBC should “think twice” about whether to continue to provide local radio services.
Mr Kavanagh was speaking at the Radio Festival in Salford during a debate broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 live and hosted by Richard Bacon. His comments followed a suggestion from Celador Radio’s Thames Valley MD Belinda Allen that BBC Local Radio was “still overstaffed”, despite the recommendations of the Myers Report in November 2011.
BBC Three Counties Radio’s Managing Editor, Laura Moss, joined the discussion from the Radio Festival audience and told delegates and 5 live listeners how one of her reporters had been spat at by a member of the public while out on a story at the height of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Mr Kavanagh went to on describe the BBC as the ‘Guardian Broadcasting Corporation’, calling the organisation ‘institutionally left-wing’.