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MP Goldsworthy urges BBC to consider Radio 1's future

Julia Goldsworthy
Julia Goldsworthy accused the BBC of "picking off stuff around the edges"

Cornish MP Julia Goldsworthy says the BBC should consider scrapping Radio 1.

The Lib Dem communities spokeswoman was responding in a BBC3 debate, First Time Voters' Question Time, about the BBC's strategic review.

The review, announced on Tuesday, says radio stations 6 Music and Asian Network should be closed.

But Ms Goldsworthy said: "They should be looking at other areas where there is already competition in the market, like Radio 1."

'Disproportionate influence'

She said: "I think those questions need to be looked at, not picking off stuff around the edges.

"For example the impact that a lot of the BBC websites have on local internet sites.

"So I think it's those kind of issues that need to be looked at, where there is a market already there and where they are having a disproportionate influence."

There will be a public consultation on the proposals before they are approved.

Ms Goldsworthy is MP for Falmouth and Camborne.

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