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BBC Look North presenter’s radio cuts-inspired no-show

Jeff Brown with Stuart Maconie, Jeff Brown/Twitter

BBC Look North’s Jeff Brown took to Twitter over the weekend to explain his ongoing absence from the regional news programme on BBC NE and Cumbria.

He explained: ““For those asking why – once again – I wasn’t reading the news on Look North tonight @BBCNEandCumbria it’s in line with the industrial action being taken by @NUJofficial in response to proposed cuts to BBC local radio.”

Brown and other BBC journalists, including his regular co-host Alison Freeman, are protesting £19m of cuts planned for local radio stations. The BBC insists it is not imposing cuts as local budgets will stay the same, and says the £19m of money from broadcast services is being moved towards online and multimedia production. Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in BBC newsrooms across England have protested at the move. Brown’s co-host Freeman has also previously tweeted her support for industrial action over the perceived cuts:

The BBC confirmed that the show had gone ahead as usual in Brown’s absence.

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