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Cricket stopped at BBC Lancs

BBC Radio Lancashire has axed live coverage of local cricket, and a long-running weekend programme as part of cutbacks at the Blackburn-based station.

The station has been covering the sport extensively for almost 40 years but boss John Clayton has told the Lancashire Telegraph: "The long-running Cricket Extra programme will no longer be part of our summer schedule, and we will not be broadcasting live reports from games as we have done in the past. These changes are part of a station-wide review of all output as we look to cope with cutbacks to the station's funding, following the less-than hoped for licence fee settlement.

"As well as losing the BBC bus, we are faced with the loss of around eight posts with the prospect of further reduction in staffing in the next 12 months."

Radio Lancashire was the first local BBC station to create an 'open centre' providing free internet use but this was closed late last year, along with the axing of the BBC bus.

Other changes include journalist John Barnes taking over the late show and the introduction of a new daily lunch time programme with Sally Naden and Carole Turner live from the front of the building with a public audience.

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