The BBC ‘will have to change’ and make severe cut backs, government sources said, as the onslaught against the corporation gathered pace.
The transport secretary was speaking to Sky News after the Sunday Times quoted a senior government figure suggesting the BBC should shutter most of its radio stations in a ‘massive pruning’ of activities.
Boris Johnson, the source said, was ‘really strident’ on scaling back the BBC, meaning fewer channels, an even smaller website, and banning staff from taking ‘well-paid’ second jobs.
‘There is a consultation out there. It is just a consultation at this stage. There are no further decisions made at all.