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Beeb boss quells station closure rumours.

THE boss at BBC Coventry and Warwickshire has moved to quash rumours that the radio station has been earmarked for closure under plans to restructure the BBC.

Rumours of its closure began last week after figures released showed a fall in the number of listeners tuning in.

But in an email sent to staff yesterday Duncan Jones, assistant editor at the station in Priory Place, Coventry city centre, said: "I'm reluctant to give any credence to this at all but I'm aware of a rumour, which has been doing the rounds since last weekend, that some local radio stations are to be closed as part of the forthcoming changes to the shape of the BBC.

"This rumour suggests that BBC Coventry and Warwickshire's future is in doubt. There is no truth in this rumour." He said BBC director general Mark Thompson had ruled out closing local radio stations or regional TV stations. He has also ruled out full or partial merger of local radio and Radio 5 Live, which had also been the subject of speculation.

Mr Jones added: "I'm not sure what anyone starting a rumour like this seeks to achieve, apart from creating uncertainty and worry. When there are concrete proposals and implications for BBC Coventry and Warwickshire these will be shared with you."
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Date:Aug 20, 2011
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