By Eleanor Sharples For The Daily Mail
Published: 02:00 GMT, 16 March 2019 | Updated: 02:00 GMT, 16 March 2019
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)
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