BBC to axe 1000 jobs in London

Tony Hall

A total of 1,000 jobs are to be axed at BBC as part to compensate the £150m shortfall in licence fee income, its director general Tony Hall has confirmed.

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

Mr Hall briefed staff at the corporation’s central London offices – telling them they were adjusting to a reduction in the number of people watching live television, meaning fewer viewers paying the annual charge.

Three layers of management are expected to be cut, while some of the BBC’s divisions will be reduced, it is understood reports Sky News.

Most of the jobs will go from the BBC’s professional and support services, as part of efforts to cut back on duplication of roles.

The current wave of cuts is expected to save around £50m, but the BBC has suggested there could be further job losses to come.

Mr Hall told staff:  “A simpler, leaner, BBC is the right thing to do and it can also help us meet the financial challenges we face.

“We’ve already significantly cut the costs of running the BBC, but in times of very tough choices we need to focus on what really matters – delivering outstanding programmes and content for all our audiences.”

The announcement comes on the back of measures aimed at making £1.5bn of savings a year by 2017 by reducing the amount of money spent on administration, property costs and sports rights.

Around 400 jobs had also already been targeted as part of the Delivering Quality First cost-cutting drive.