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Local radio cuts: Patten tells BBC to review plans

BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten has ordered the corporation to re-examine its plans to make cuts to local radio.

Forty English radio stations were facing cuts of £15m and 280 jobs as part of plans to slash 20% from the BBC's budget over five years. Thousands of listeners, MPs and local authorities complained about the plans, saying the stations had a vital role.

Lord Patten said the cuts would have a "disproportionate impact" on the BBC's output and reputation.

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