Letter: When two into one will go at the BBC

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Sir: Your diary piece headlined 'Beeb turns off its own correspondent' (23 September) implies that bi-media journalism means that correspondents are placed in danger and the quality of output suffers. Your writer is ill-informed on both counts.

First, we would never expect journalists to report for both television and radio when circumstances are difficult and dangerous. We send people to cover for both. So radio does not become 'second-rate'.

Nor has the quality of radio or television suffered through the use of bi-media journalism on the many occasions it has been employed - quite the reverse. Most correspondents enjoy reporting for both outlets, and their contributions for both television and radio have been widely praised.

Yours sincerely,


Head of Newsgathering

BBC News & Current Affairs

Television Centre

London, W12

24 September