BBC defends decision to close radio station in Great Yarmouth

The BBC Radio Norfolk office in Great Yarmouth is to close
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The BBC Radio Norfolk office in Great Yarmouth is to close Picture Anthony Carroll - Credit: Archant

The BBC is set to close its newsroom in Great Yarmouth by the end of the month.

BBC Radio Norfolk has said its one man operation in Stonecutters Way is to close around March 31.

A BBC spokeswoman said: 'Our reporter will still be working and reporting from Great Yarmouth every day. It will not compromise our coverage of the area.

Cutting property costs is a key part of our strategy to provide maximum value for money for the licence fee payer.'

A sign on the offices door says 'The BBC Radio Norfolk Great Yarmouth District Studio is scheduled to close permanently.

'Although the date has not yet been confirmed it is likely to be around 31 March 2017. However it could close sooner or after that date.'

The note goes on to give the mobile number of district report Andrew Turner and contact details of the organisation's Norwich news room.

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Last month the BBC revealed full details of how it will spend £8m to pay for 150 reporters across the country.

They will work for local news organisations rather than the BBC.

The journalists will cover council meetings and public services and share their stories with the BBC.

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