Tuesday, 7 June 2011
"Chief Minister Begging To Keep Corrupt Media"
During question time in the States, Senator Terry Le Sueur said the future of BBC Channel Islands news was something ministers were worried about.
The BBC said no decisions had yet been taken.
"Ministers have discussed this issue and agree the withdrawal would limit local coverage of political and cultural events," Senator Le Sueur said.
"I have written on behalf of the council of ministers to the director general of the BBC and the chairman of the BBC Trust expressing concern at the proposed closure of the TV service.
"The letters appeal to the BBC to rethink its savings proposals as it is important islanders have access to a diversity of news coverage."
The BBC currently offers three television bulletins each weekday evening in the islands, at 6.30pm, 8.00pm and 10.25pm.
Seven members of staff work on the service at the BBC's premises in Jersey and another two television reporters are based at BBC Guernsey.