New proposals to ensure quality and efficiency will see the broadcasting company save millions but suffer staff cutbacks. 10/10/2011
Based on a new programme with clearer focus of the BBC’s editorial priorities, the company is aiming to save around £670million by 2016/17. The offset of this however, will be the loss of around 2,000 jobs.
‘This is a plan which puts quality and creativity first. It's a plan for a smaller BBC, but a BBC which uses its resources more effectively and collaboratively to deliver a full range of services to the public. But it is a plan which also means stretching efficiencies and significant job losses. It's my judgement that this is the last time the BBC will be able to make this level of savings without a substantial loss of services or quality or both,’ says Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC.
The proposals follow the government agreed licence fee settlement in October 2010, which sees the fee frozen until 2017 and the BBC assuming new funding facilities. With the aim to make as many savings as possible to limit the impact on programmes and content, it seems impossible to avoid changes to the scope of services as well as preventing the massive cuts to staff numbers.
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