Letter: BBC consultation

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The Independent Online
Sir: While there are many statements with which we would take issue in your leader ("Auntie seems to have forgotten her public duties", 19 September), let us be clear on one point of fact.

The BBC's plans for new services in the digital age, including a 24-hour news service, were first set out 18 months ago and were the subject of large-scale public consultation earlier this year.

This process, which was announced to our listeners and viewers on our own airwaves, produced a significant majority in support of our proposals, including 24-hour news.


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