The BBC is reportedly preparing to wield the axe on one of its channels as part of moves to secure a further £100m in savings, with the expectation being that either BBC3 or BBC4 will be up for the chop.
Director general Tony Hall is said to have been won round to the idea in a bid to streamline the organisation, which some claim has become too unwieldy to avoid ‘salami slicing’ its programming budget.
Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention last week Hall said: “We decided we’d reached the point where salami-slicing would affect quality and distinctiveness. Rather than seek to preserve a less good version of our past, we decided to focus on what we do best: from drama to taking iPlayer into the next generation.”
The BBC is committed to implanting a £700m programme of cuts known as Delivering Quality First which it is currently halfway through delivery.