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THE BBC's new round of cutbacks will have its worst impact on popular regional current affairs in England – despite this being a big hit with viewers, and despite a pledge to protect this programming at the renewal of the BBC Charter, the NUJ can reveal.

The BBC is proposing to cut 20 per cent of its budget across the board. But heaviest cutback outlined is a 40 per cent chop to the budget for investigative current affairs programming.

The current affairs show Inside Out airs separate editions in 11 English regions, broadcast on Mondays at 7.30pm on BBC1.

Taken together, the editions make Inside Out the most popular current affairs show in the UK. The total audience combined for Inside Out programmes is an average of 3.3 million per episode, outperforming Panorama, Newsnight, ITV's Tonight and Channel 4's Dispatches, both in terms of the size of the audience and the share per episode.

Inside Out West covers Bristol and...

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