Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:33 pm on 21st July 2020.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull North 12:33 pm, 21st July 2020

In Hull, our local BBC TV and radio is central to our community, as a public service broadcaster at times of crisis such as the flooding in 2007 and covid-19 this year, and by playing an important democratic role in scrutinising those in power locally. Taken with the parallel cutbacks in local newspapers and commercial TV and radio, local and regional BBC cuts are a growing crisis in local news, not least in the places furthest from London. The Minister has already said that this could lead to a more London-centric media. What will he do about that to protect news in places such as Hull?