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BBC pulls local morning TV bulletins as ‘pingdemic’ leads to staff shortages

Breakfast programme’s regional coverage in England off air until September at least – with further regional programmes at risk * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage The BBC has taken the unusual decision to stop making some of its local news programmes for an extended period because of staff shortages blamed on the coronavirus self-isolation “pingdemic”. From Monday, BBC One’s Breakfast programme will no longer have local news bulletins covering English regions, while further regional programmes might be at risk if staff need to self-isolate amid rising cases of Covid-19. Continue reading...

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