BBC announces 980 job losses

The BBC has announced the first round of job cuts as part of its restructuring programme.

The first cuts have come from the BBC’s Professional Services division which includes the 450-strong HR team at BBC People, Strategy & Distribution, Policy & Legal, Finance, Property & Business Affairs and Marketing, Communications & Audiences.

There will be a 46% reduction in headcount – 980 posts will close, some through staff turnover, others through redundancy and 750 posts are planned to be outsourced.

Director-general Mark Thompson told senior staff that the BBC governors had endorsed the plans. However, the governors would consider these and further savings plans from the content and output divisions as a whole at their meeting next week before giving their final approvals.

Overall, including savings from better procurement, these divisions will collectively be saving £139m a year by 2007/08 which will be reinvested in programmes, Thompson said.

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