BBC CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER ZARIN PATEL REACTS TO ASIAN AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT

BBC cuts to 6Music, Asian Network & Magazines

Official BBC statement

A BBC spokesperson has commented on the story as follows

"Last summer, the BBC Trust challenged the BBC to develop a new strategy to meet the opportunities and the threats of the rapidly changing media landscape.

Although the details have yet to be agreed – and today's press speculation is therefore premature – the BBC expects to present its proposals to the BBC Trust in the near future.

"At the core of the strategy will be a renewed commitment to serving the British public with programmes and services of the highest quality.

Audiences admire and value the BBC's digital services and the BBC will remain fully committed to online and to digital television and radio.

But the new strategy will lay out ways of focusing and concentrating licence fee investment on areas and services which are distinctive and best fulfil the BBC's public purposes, which meet the expectations of licence-payers but also leave plenty of space for commercial media providers."