An Urgent Question was granted to discuss the cessation of the free BBC licence fee for over 75s, programming and job losses. As Chairman of the APPG on the BBC I had just had a meeting with MPs and BBC management to discuss the potential cuts to regional programmes. I therefore chose to focus on the potential cuts to regional political and current affairs coverage, news that I know constituents rely on. The BBC are cutting jobs across the regions in England. In total, 50 of the 3,000 staff will be lost.