Listeners can air grievances over plans to axe radio show

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THE popular Milton Keynes breakfast radio show could be axed from the airways in a bid to save BBC cash.

Morning:MK, launched by Three Counties Radio ten years ago, faces closure by April 2013.

It is understood the saving would be around £120,00 a year – a tiny percentage of the BBC’s multi million pound chopping list.The proposal was announced last Thursday by BBC Director General Mark Thompson.

This week Three Counties editor Mark Norman told the Citizen he considered Morning:MK, which runs between 6am and 9am on weekday mornings, to be one of the best breakfast shows in the country.

But, though thousands tune in daily to 104.5FM, which was once presented by the late George Webley, the numbers are not high enough to guarantee its safety, he said.

Staff are now hoping there will be public consultation before the final decision is made. Listeners are urged to send their views to the BBC Trust at 180 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5QZ.

The closure would mean the loss of thee staff posts, though the Three Counties Radio studio at Willen would be retained and a Milton Keynes news services still provided.