BBC cuts and changes: your station-by-station radio guide

An at-a-glance summary of the Delivering Quality First implications for radio

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The BBC today announced the results of its Delivering Quality First consultation that will see extensive cuts across BBC channels and up to 2,000 job losses. Here’s our channel-by-channel guide to how the cuts will affect your BBC radio stations 

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Radio 1 and 1Xtra (-2.5% and -13.1% projected change in content spend by 2017)

The sister channels will share news bulletins, except on breakfast shows.

Simulcasts of programming between 2am and 4am Monday to Friday. 

Radio 2 (-2.9% projected change in content spend by 2017)

The amount of live music broadcast by the station is to be reduced and replaced with repeats of shows such as Friday Night Is Music Night.

Regular comedy series are to be replaced with ad hoc comedy commissions.

More shared news coverage with 6 Music.

Radio 3 (-4% projected change in content spend by 2017)

Around 25 per cent fewer live, and recorded, lunchtime concerts.

Reduce the cost of evening concerts by scaling back the number of orchestral concerts.

Reduce the amount of original drama.

Review the future of the BBC’s orchestras and singers.

A reinvestment in the BBC Proms coverage to maintain quality. 

Radio 4 (0% projected change in content spend by 2017)

A “small” cut in factual and current affairs budgets, combined with an increase in repeats. However, main underlying budgets will remain stable.

Radio 5 Live  (-7.5% projected change in content spend by 2017)

Concentrate on news and sport, but resulting cuts to comedy and current affairs programming on Sunday.

Reduce number of regional journalists and work more closely with BBC local radio.

6 Music (-2.6% projected change in content spend by 2017)

The once under-threat network will remain largely unchanged.  It will share main news bulletins with Radio 2 in future, but retain bespoke music news coverage.

BBC Asian Network (-34.1% projected change in content spend by 2017)

Maintain the service, but remove drama and documentary programming and cut the amount of weekday language programmes. A 34 per cent cut in its current spend and station not to broadcast between midnight and 6am. Fewer weekday language programmes.

BBC local radio  (-4.2% projected change in content spend by 2017)

A greater sharing of programmes, particularly weekday afternoons, with neighbouring stations, but on weekday evenings one programme would be broadcast across England between 7pm and 10pm.

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A greater focus on peak-time programmes.