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Cost-cutting plans to merge local radio with 5 Live and drop BBC Parliament channel from Freeview are shelved

BBC director general Mark Thompson has ruled out merging local radio with BBC Radio 5 Live. He's also shelved plans to drop the BBC Parliament channel from Freeview.

Both moves were under discussion as part of the Corporation's plans to find cost savings of 20 per cent.

In an email to BBC staff, Thompson said he would not be closing any local radio stations or merging regional TV news operations in England, but declined to rule out service closures entirely.

"We haven't ruled out service closures yet but the work so far suggests there's a smarter way of making savings without taking entire services away from the public ... because every single service is strongly valued by its audience," he added.

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