The last BBC regional news programs to be broadcast in Oxford and Cambridge

The last regional television news programs in Oxford and Cambridge were broadcast on the BBC.

his services have been phased out – merged with the BBC’s operations in Southampton and Norwich – as part of the broadcaster’s plan to focus on “digital first” content.

South Today – Oxford and Look East (West) last aired at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

On the final broadcast, South Today’s Geraldine Peers said: “Thank you for being there, thank you for your stories and thank you for your support.

“You are the best audience a presenter could ask for. It feels like I’ve been talking to my friends every night and thanking you for letting me into your homes maybe twice a day for the past 21 and a half years.”

Look East’s Janine Machin said, on her last broadcast, “We’ve been broadcasting from this building for 13 years but tonight the signal will be turned off for the last time.”

Signing in tears, she added: “Thank you for your time, your trust, for sharing your stories with us and you can see how much it means. any…

“Thanks for your companionship, have a wonderful Christmas, goodbye.”

BBC journalist Matt Graveling wrote on Twitter: “This amazing group has achieved big things in small numbers, it’s an honor to be a part of it.

“We produce, report, write, shoot and edit, and if the future is that journalists can do it all – they would have done it here first.”

BBC Look East’s Mousumi Bakshi also took to Twitter, writing: “The last one Thanks to everyone who shared the joy of #lookeastfamily.

Oxford West and Abingdon Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said in a Tweet on Friday: “This is heartbreaking. Thank you to all the team at BBC Oxford for their incredible work connecting our communities over the years.

“Viewers will miss you bitterly and local democracy will be less effective in your absence.”

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BBC Four and CBBC will also end up as linear channels while BBC World News and BBC News Channel merge to create a single 24-hour television news channel serving both UK and international audiences. economic.

The BBC also plans to have local radio stations share more content and broadcast less programming specific to their region.

The proposals confirmed by the broadcaster include the loss of 48 jobs in local staff in the UK, for a total reduction of 2%.

The plans will limit local programming to weekdays before 2pm, and the BBC will produce 18 afternoon shows across the UK that will be shared among its 39 stations.

Thereafter, ten local programs will be shared from 6pm to 10pm weekdays, both Saturday and Sunday mornings, serving areas that broadly reflect local television areas. now available.

In September, the BBC announced that 382 jobs at the World Service would be cut.

The BBC needs to save an extra £285m in response to the announcement in January that license fees will be frozen for the next two years.

The Group has saved more than £1 billion in the five years to 2021/22.

A BBC spokesman said: ‘We are truly proud of all the TV programming in our area including our Look East newsletters from Cambridge and South Today in Oxford have served. excellent viewers and produced great articles over the years.

“We are working closely with all of our colleagues who were directly impacted by our proposals and will continue to do so in the new year.

“The media landscape is changing rapidly, and we need to make some tough choices as we tailor our services to the expectations of our audiences as they search for more and more content on the Internet. our digital platforms.

“Despite the loss of our dedicated TV newscast, we will continue to deliver excellent TV, radio and digital journalism across the East and South of England.” The last BBC regional news programs to be broadcast in Oxford and Cambridge

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