BBC3 and BBC4 could face closure, warned the head of the BBC Trust Sir Michael Lyons, as the Corporation strives to make at least £300m in savings.
Lyons said the BBC needs to concentrate on “doing fewer things better”, and that “hard choices about content and services” will need to be made, suggesting that the public value of services such as the digital channels does not justify their cost.
The comments, revealed in an open letter to director general Mark Thompson, also warn that efficiency cuts will not be enough to plug the savings gap demanded by the Trust.
Lyons also emphasized the importance of “not compromising your pursuit of greater distinctiveness” on BBC One and BBC Two, as well as Radio 1 and Radio 2.
BBC3 cost the Corporation £118.6m last year, while BBC4 had a budget of £74m.