BBC news and programming to lose 1,500 jobs

The BBC is to cut about 1,500 jobs in news and other programmes over three years.

Complex plans were approved by the corporation’s governors and, later, director general Mark Thompson met the three broadcasting unions, according to leaked details.

A “senior source” told the BBC’s labour affairs correspondent, Stephen Cape, that every BBC department would be affected by the job losses, including news, sport, children’s programmes and new media.

The BBC has declined to comment before an official announcement to staff on Monday.

The reported job cuts follow last week’s announcement of 1,730 losses across the professional services divisions.

The cuts in that division, which includes HR, finance and marketing, will see about 750 jobs outsourced and 980 jobs scrapped – a 40% reduction in staff.

Although the areas of the BBC affected will be made aware of the level of the latest cuts on Monday, staff will not necessarily know whether their jobs are safe for several months.

Broadcasting union Bectu is concerned that BBC employees who escape redundancy in the current round of cuts will have to pick up the workload of others who leave.

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