Victoria Derbyshire Show to come off air as part of BBC cuts

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Image caption The BBC2 show presented by Victoria Derbyshire has landed countless exclusive interviews

The BBC’s award-winning Victoria Derbyshire Show is coming off air, the broadcaster’s media editor has learned.

Amol Rajan said the cost of running the news and current affairs programme on a linear channel “when savings are needed” had been “deemed too high”.

In 2016 it was announced BBC News would need to find £80m of cuts over four years.

The broadcaster is due to make an announcement about its news operation next week.

It comes two days after Tony Hall announced his resignation as the BBC’s director general.

‘Rigorous campaigning’

Numerous media personalities responded with shock to the news of the programme coming off air, praising the programme’s award-winning journalism.

Louisa Compton, who edited the Victoria Derbyshire Show when it was first launched, said the decision was “madness” – while ITV’s Piers Morgan said it was a “very strange” call.

Labour’s shadow culture secretary, Tracy Brabin, tweeted that the programme’s “rigorous campaigning and commitment to public having their say made it pretty unique in daytime TV”.

She said she would be looking into why the show was being taken off air.

Amol Rajan said he understands BBC News is “committed” to the presenter and the journalism of the show.

The BBC has declined to comment.

Aired at 10:00 on BBC2 and the BBC News Channel every weekday, the show focuses on original stories, audience debates and exclusive interviews as well as breaking news.

It was launched in April 2015.