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BBC Suspends Job Cuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Plans for BBC News to cut 450 jobs have been shelved as it faces the demands of covering the coronavirus pandemic.
 

The job losses were announced in January and were part of a plan to complete a £80m savings target by 2022. 

Programmes due to be hit include BBC Two's Newsnight, BBC Radio 5 Live and the World Service's World Update programme. 

Director general Tony Hall gave staff the news today. 

He told staff: "We've got to get on with doing the job that you're doing really brilliantly. 

"It would be inappropriate. We haven't got the resource to plough ahead with those plans at the moment, so we'll come back to that at some point. 

"But for the moment we just want to make sure you are supported and you've got the resources to do the job that you and your colleagues are doing amazingly." 

Some programmes, such as Politics Live and Victoria Derbyshire, have been taken off air to prioritise coronavirus coverage, and several radio networks are sharing news bulletins. 

A planned modernisation of BBC News was due to contribute £40m of savings toward an overall target of £80m. The DG said it would be inappropriate to pursue this target while BBC News was so stretched in covering the pandemic. 

25 March 2020                                                          Back to the headlines


 
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