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Interesting perspective. I live in North Gloucestershire, and listen to BBC Radio Gloucestershire at breakfast. Often, they have news stories involving the specialist BBC Points West reporters. Then I might watch Points West and see the same story on TV (plus pictures!).

The morning Points West bulletins often seem dominated by stories from Bristol & Bath, at the expense of Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire; and the same at the weekend (probably because Points West and BBC Radio Bristol are co-located?).

Personally, if there was a financial need, I might favour a good British compromise, which might be an elegant solution. I could tolerate no morning, lunchtime, or late evening regional TV bulletins....but I would want to retain the 6.30pm Points West bulletins, as there are shared interests in the region, and the ITV West offering is so dire.

If the issue was surely about making savings, I'd leave it there. If we are looking at the redistribution of resources, I would like to see some reallocated to bolster BBC local radio, and to widen the output of BBC Radio 4 Extra, which is excellent, but too repetitive in its schedules.

(Finally, I seem to remember seeing in tbe past some very low audience figures for BBC Radio 3. Why is Radio 3 never subject to the same scrutiny as other aspects of the BBC?) 

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Briantist - Surely there would be some savings from only keeping the 6.30pm bulletins? And those could be fed with more stories generated through bi-media work at the feeder local radio stations?

As for BBC3 TV, my perspective is that most (with a few notable exceptions) of its output is already covered by the multitude of satellite/cable channels.

We live in an age of the vast proportion of the media dumbing down. I look to the BBC to maintain an intellectual quality in its programming, and comprehensive local, regional and national news.

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One other thought. Why does BBC Radio 3 escape the same level of scrutiny? I recently saw some figures showing its audience is the lowest of all the BBC's national networks, including the BBC Asian Network.

There might be a place for Radio 3's music, but I'd suggest its audience justifies reduced hours.......and I speak as someone who listens to a Radio 3 programme (the fascinating and eclectic, Late Junction).

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