Save BBC Travel News, Local News and Children's TV money

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First BBC Food is cut... next is BBC Travel News... soon Local News, Radio 2 and Children's TV money will face cuts too.

The BBC is cutting its Travel News as a result of £800 million of Government cuts to fund free TV licences for the over 75's.

What's going on?

This new £800 million cut per year is what it costs to run BBC2, BBC Four & all BBC local radio combined. This cut was imposed by the Chancellor, George Osborne, without public consultation in July 2015.

There are more cuts to come

The Government is also giving away £60 million of TV licence money to BBC rivals like Sky and ITV to make Children's TV. That's more than the CBeebies budget.

The Government is also making the BBC pay for 150 journalists on newspapers after extensive lobbying from the newspaper industry. That's another £8 million gone.

Hasn't the BBC got lots of money?

The BBC has already cut costs by 40% over the past 5 years. This new cut is another 20%. They've said more services will have to close to achieve this. We've already seen BBC Three close and lots of BBC Sport.

How come with all these cuts the TV licence fee stays the same?

It's because the Government started using your BBC licence fee money for projects it used to fund itself - like free TV licences for the over 75s, BBC World Service, BBC Monitoring, S4C, CityTV, Rural broadband rollout etc.

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