Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan has slammed the BBC for axing the Victoria Derbyshire show.
BBC news media editor Amol Rajan broke the news on Wednesday, 23 January, that the current affairs daytime programme will no longer appear live at 10am on weekdays after five years of reporting.
Announcing the shocking development, he wrote: "The Victoria Derbyshire Show is coming off air. I understand @BBCNews is committed to Victoria + the (award-winning) journalism of the show.
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"Cost of doing it on linear channel when savings are needed deemed too high. BBC declined to comment ahead of an announcement next week".
Upon hearing the news, many well-known journalists flocked to Twitter to express their opinion, including 54 year old Piers Morgan, who wrote: "Very strange decision. It was an excellent programme & @vicderbyshire is a superb journalist. Surely the BBC isn’t now finding the cash to pay for its gender pay fiasco by cancelling other women’s shows?"
Agreeing with the TV presenter, who recently slammed Meghan Markle for "splitting Prince Harry from the Royal family", fans rushed to comment on the news as well.
One person wrote: "#victoriaderbyshire was one of the few shows left that did in depth journalism, rather than focussing on soundbite and headline. Even if you didn't watch the show directly, they helped spearhead numerous investigations that ultimately became evening news. A shame to scrap it."
Another person said: "The fact that the BBC is culling the Victoria Derbyshire programme from the schedules tells you everything about their priorities. Proper public interest journalism shining a light on stories that wouldn’t otherwise be seen from people who aren’t heard as often as they should be."
While a third chimed: "Ridiculous. Of all the things to cut. An outstanding production with female leadership, “female deputy editor, editor, director and presenter – one of the most diverse teams on air too”."
Anna Collinson and Jim Reed, who are journalists for the BAFTA award-winning programme, both called the decision "gutting".
Sharing her thoughts on the news, Anna wrote on Twitter: "It's gutting this could mean the end of a young, talented, diverse team who are led by strong, female editors and a fantastic female presenter.
"It's gutting for our viewers. The BBC is constantly criticised for failing underserved audiences. The same audiences we were proud to serve and served well. I have already heart from interviewees who are devastated by this news."
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She added: "We are a scrappy, feisty and passionate bunch and always did our absolute best to hold those in power to account. Whatever happens now, I will forever be proud of working for this award-winning programme and will never forget everything it taught me."
Devastated, fans have started a petition to prevent the show from being axed, which has already received over 600 signatures.
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