Victoria Derbyshire says "we don't give up" as it's revealed her BBC show is to be axed

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by David Prior

Victoria Derbyshire addressed news that her news and current affairs series is going to be cut by the BBC by opening today's show with an apparently defiant message.

The Victoria Derbyshire Show, which has run on BBC Two and the BBC News Channel since 2014, looks set to be axed as part of cost-cutting by the broadcaster.

Opening Thursday's programme, Derbyshire said: "We are still here telling your stories and covering the issues that are important to you in your life.

"And do you know what? We don't give up."

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Watch the start of today's Victoria Derbyshire Show

Derbyshire left BBC Radio 5 Live in 2014 to present the show, which has gone on to win a a raft of awards, including a Bafta.

The broadcaster is due to make an announcement about its news operation next week, but in the meantime the story has been run by its media editor, Amol Rajan, on Twitter.

Rajan said he understood the BBC was "committed to Victoria and the (award-winning) journalism of the show. Cost of doing it on linear channel when savings are needed deemed too high."

Michael Cowan, a reporter on the Victoria Derbyshire Show, also appeared to confirm the story by tweeting: "We are absolutely devastated. Our remit is to produce exceptional original journalism and investigtaions, represent the marginalised in our society, and reach audiences the BBC struggles to get to... We do that, every day."