Around 200 jobs are to be axed at BBC Jam – the Corporation's online interactive learning service for 5 to 16-year-olds. The news was confirmed today by Liz Cleaver, Controller of BBC Learning. It follows suspension of the service in March following a decision by the BBC Trust.
Liz Cleaver said: "I recognise that the past few weeks have been stressful for everyone involved in Jam following the suspension of the service in March, and commend staff for their patience and professionalism.
"We have tried as hard as possible to minimise the number of post closures when making changes to staff numbers and, in particular, to avoid compulsory redundancy by seeking volunteers or redeploying staff.
"In light of the suspension of BBC Jam, and in order to better deliver multi-platform content, we have decided to take the opportunity to align our structure in Learning with BBC Vision's wider multi-platform commissioning structure."
The closures follow the BBC Trust's request to BBC management to close down activity on BBC Jam as soon as possible, except that which is necessary to prepare a fresh proposition to deliver learning to children.
BBC Learning is preparing a fresh proposition which it aims to submit to the BBC Trust by the summer and which will subsequently undergo a Public Value Test.
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