2023-01-25 14:16:46

Radio Foyle: Politicians and BBC hold talks

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Politicians from the north west of Northern Ireland have met BBC management in London to discuss proposed cuts to BBC Radio Foyle.

The proposals are part of a wider plan to close 36 posts across BBC Northern Ireland, with eight news staff at risk of redundancy at Radio Foyle.

Output including the Breakfast Show and hourly news bulletins would be cut.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane Sandra Duffy described the meeting on Wednesday as a "frank and open".

She told BBC Radio Foyle it was vital management understood the station was "a very unique station that serves a very unique population".

In a statement, the BBC said the meeting had been "useful and informative".

"It was an opportunity to listen to concerns and to explain our ambitions for Foyle and the service that it provides. Our conversations with BBC staff and the trade unions are ongoing," the BBC said.

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