Fears for the future of Radio 4 amid concerns the BBC is 'ignoring older ...

Fears for the future of Radio 4 amid concerns the BBC is 'ignoring older middle-class listeners to chase a younger audience' Staff said the station was once viewed as a jewel in the BBC radios's crown There are fears the station could bear the brunt of announced redundancies  Money has been being piled into BBC Sounds, a podcast and music app  

By Eleanor Sharples For The Daily Mail

Published: 02:00 GMT, 16 March 2019 | Updated: 02:00 GMT, 16 March 2019

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BBC bosses risk destroying Radio 4 as they ignore older middle-class listeners to try to chase a younger audience, critics say.

Staff at the corporation claim the station – once viewed as a jewel in BBC radio's crown – is 'in danger of being destroyed'.

There are fears Radio 4 could bear the brunt of a recently announced round of redundancies, to free up funding for 'the key strategic objective of attracting more young listeners to BBC services'.

Anger has been focused at BBC director of radio, James Purnell, the former Labour cabinet minister.

Staff at the BBC say that Radio 4 is in danger of being destroyed (stock image of Broadcasting House in Portland Place)

Staff at the BBC say that Radio 4 is in danger of being destroyed (stock image of Broadcasting House in Portland Place)

A former senior BBC figure told The Times: 'The risk for Radio 4 is that it becomes victim of a culture of contempt for older audiences. James is a Blairite through and through, and they never value the old.'

One presenter said: 'Radio 4 is in

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