BBC radio chief rails against radio privatisation calls

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The BBC director of audio & music, Jenny Abramsky, has rejected calls for the privatisation of Radio One and Radio Two.

Speaking at the Radio Reborn conference in London, Abramsky said it would be a “cultural travesty” to privatise the music networks.

She was responding to a speech by television executive and the man behind Big Brother, Peter Bazalgette, who last week called for the radio stations and Channel 4’s privatisation to fund public service content from the arts.

Elsewhere at the conference, Channel 4 radio boss Natalie Schwartz confirmed that the project will go ahead but refused to set a date for the launch of the second national ditigal multiplex.

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