BBC plans £140m in savings by restructuring HR division

The BBC estimates that the creation of a single HR division
will help the corporation save £60m within three years.

Speaking at an internal briefing to staff earlier this
month, director-general Greg Dyke claimed that these changes coupled with
reducing support functions in marketing and comm- unications will contribute 41
per cent of the corporation’s target of £146m in savings.

The individual HR teams associated with each BBC directorate
have merged into one HR division, as reported in Personnel Today last month.
Within this division, there will be 35 HR managers overseeing all the BBC’s
departments in the UK.

Russell Grossman, the BBC’s internal communications manager,
said, “This is a sensible level of HR for the BBC. We now have an appropriate
HR and internal communications division to support a more creative BBC. This is
not about costs.”

Russell also explained that the internal communications
campaign to convey Dyke’s organisational changes has been succ- essful.
Although he added, “There is more that needs to be done. We need more
face-to-face communication between senior managers and their teams.”

The BBC plans to cut 
a total of 1,000 jobs, with 268 lost so far this year. Of those, 80 per
cent have been voluntary redundancies, and will result in savings of £21m by
next year.

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