Channel 4 news anchor Jon Snow has defended the BBC’s current affairs and news programming in the wake of announced cuts.

The newsreader says the UK "cannot afford to lose" hard hitting current affairs programmes like Victoria Derbyshire.

The Channel 4 star adds that this is even more relevant especially if the BBC is bowing to “political” pressures.

"I’m a fervent supporter of the BBC," Jon tells the Mirror.

"I depend upon the BBC - particularly for radio - and I think we have to be very sure that there’s nothing political going on."

"And that’s in entirely economic, technical and for the betterment of the BBC and I don’t think that’s clear."

Channel 4 News said it "regrets any offence" caused by Snow's comment

He admits he isn’t able to watch much of Auntie’s daytime TV output.

One of the main reasons being that he has his own presenting duties to prepare for.

However, he adds: "By reputation, Victoria Derbyshire is an incredibly good programme and we can’t afford to lose that sort of programme."

He admits he isn’t able to watch much of Auntie’s daytime TV output

The Victoria Derbyshire Show  is being taken off-air by the BBC as part of a cost-cutting scheme after running for almost five years.

The news broke last week and presenter Victoria, 51, has spoken of her "devastation" at losing  her show.

She's also revealed she wasn't given the news by BBC bosses - and instead had to read out it in the press.

The Victoria Derbyshire Show  is being taken off-air by the BBC as part of a cost-cutting scheme after running for almost five years

In a series of tweets, she wrote: "Absolutely devastated at the plan to end our programme (which I first learned about in yesterday’s Times).

"I’m unbelievably proud of what our team and our show have achieved in under 5 years.."

breaking tonnes of original stories (which we were asked to do); attracting a working class, young, diverse audience that BBC radio & TV news progs just dont reach (which we were asked to do); & smashing the digital figures (which we were asked to do) ...

The show will reportedly be taken off air later in the year, and the news sparked an outcry among viewers as well as a sexism row

"I’m gutted particularly for our brilliant, young, ambitious, talented team - love ‘em. And for all those people we gave a voice to. Love them too."

The show will reportedly be taken off air later in the year, and the news sparked an outcry among viewers as well as a sexism row.

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