Gary Lineker’s salary ‘could be cut by £500k to fund local radio’

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Culture minister Julia Lopez hit out at the BBC’s plans to make cuts to local radio before MP Sir Mike Penning blasted Gary Lineker’s salary. In the Commons, he suggested the salaries of top paid presenters including Gary Lineker could be used to help fund local radio after the BBC announced cuts which will result in the loss of 48 jobs. 

Lopez began: “Overall, we do have concerns about the proposals, which we were not given notice of.

“I want to take this opportunity to stress that the BBC is rightly operationally and editorially independent from the Government, and decisions on service delivery are ultimately a matter for them.

“However, the Government is disappointed that the BBC is reportedly planning to make such extensive cuts to its local radio output.”

She continued: “For those older residents living in rural areas, it can be a particular lifeline.

“The BBC must make sure it continues to provide distinctive and genuinely local radio services with content that reflects and represents people and communities from all corners of the UK.

“We recognise in the current fiscal context the BBC, like other organisations, is facing difficult financial decisions.

“But we are also concerned that the BBC is making such far-reaching decisions, particularly about its local news provision, without setting out further detail on how it will impact its audiences and the communities it serves.”

Penning, the MP for Hemel Hempstead, added: “The public trust local radio, like they don’t trust Newsnight or the Today programme.

“Frankly, because they don’t listen to it and they trust local radio. If it’s about money, then take half a million pounds out Gary Lineker’s salary or one of the others who earn extortionate salaries.”

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