BBC to cut hundreds of jobs in newsroom shakeup

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The BBC has announced plans to cut down to some of its major news platforms, leading to around 450 job losses, in a bid to “reduce duplication” and save money.

The broadcaster said it will reduce the number of stories covered and invest more money in digital news – as well as reviewing of the number of presenters it employs.

It plans to reduce the films produced by flagship political programme Newsnight, and close posts at 5Live due to “changing of listening habbits”.

Fran Unsworth, director of news and current affairs, said: “The BBC has to face up to the changing way audiences are using us.

"We need to reshape BBC News for the next decade in a way which saves substantial amounts of money. We are spending too much of our resources on traditional linear broadcasting and not enough on digital.

“Our duty as a publicly funded broadcaster is to inform, educate and entertain every citizen. But there are many people in this country that we are not serving well enough.”

Plans to axe Victoria Derbyshire's BBC Two programme have already been leaked, with the host saying she was “absolutely devastated”.

The move comes in a bid to save £80 million amid financial pressures on the corporation, including paying for free TV licences for over-75s on pension credit.

With growing debate over the future of the compulsory license fee, Culture Secretary Baroness Nicky Morgan told talkRADIO there was a “broader discussion to be had about the funding of the BBC”, which she said had “an obligation to provide high quality news output”.

“Because the model of broadcasting has changed, because of the different channels, the way people consume media, the streaming and downloads and everything else, I think that the license fee system does need to be looked at as the next charter is reviewed,” she told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

But Baroness Morgan added that it was “too early to tell” what a new model could look like.

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