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New book claims BBC Two was at risk of closure

BBC allegedly warned government that cuts would signal death knell for some of its major assets

The fallout of the government’s funding dispute with the BBC is set for further scrutiny following the revelations from a forthcoming book on the BBC.

According to The BBC Today: Future Uncertain, Chancellor George Osborne was warned by the BBC that it would have to close BBC Two and BBC Four should it not receive financial assistance to offset the cost of free TV licences for the Over-75s.

It also suggested that all of its local radio stations as well as radio news serving Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would fall victim to the cuts to its budget: a gaping £750 million hole in the corporation’s finances.

Excerpts from the book are now doing the rounds via various online news channels ahead of its official release, and will almost certainly reignite discussion on the saga that has been playing out all summer.

The book includes contributions from Jon Snow, Lord Michael Grade, and Rona Fairhead, head of the BBC Trust. Fairhead recently stated that politicians needed to “back off” the broadcaster, and that the British public should be involved in deciding the future of its national broadcaster.