Changes to Newsbeat as BBC cuts 415 jobs
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Changes to Newsbeat as BBC cuts 415 jobs

BBC News is planning to save £48 million a year by 2016/17 with structural changes to various programmes including Newsbeat.

News programmes on BBC Radio 4 will also be under the spotlight, but the majority of the 415 jobs being closed centre on television and online. The BBC will also be combining the World Service and Radio newsrooms.

The move completes the DQF programme for BBC News, and will include an estimated 195 new roles being created through reinvestment, meaning a net reduction of around 220 posts.

There are no details at this stage what changes there’ll be at BBC 5 live, which operates under the BBC News division.

The BBC will now begin consultation with staff and the joint unions over these proposals, where appropriate.

James Harding, Director, News and Current Affairs, said: “Taking nearly £50 million out of a well-run organisation that provides high quality news services that are trusted, relied upon and used by millions of people is an extremely difficult undertaking. The challenge is how to make BBC News even better, despite having less money.

“We are living through a period of extraordinary change in news media. BBC News led the way first in radio, then in television and then online. Now, digital technologies offer us the opportunity to lead a fourth revolution in news. So, as well as setting out our savings plan this morning, we are also announcing proposals to restructure news and target investments in our future – in the digital transformation of BBC News, in our own original and distinctive journalism, in making this a better place to work.

“The BBC is one of the very best things about this country. It is trusted, needed and loved by the vast majority of people – and all they ask is that we keep on making it better. Delivering ever better value for money is part of that. Investing in getting and telling stories – in original, distinctive journalism – is part of that. And reorienting ourselves to lead the world of news into a digital future is part of that too. But it’s only a part: the most important part, what will win it for us, is what we put on screen, on air and online – the news.”

The bulk of savings in English Regions have already been achieved but these proposals change priorities to fund the development of Local Live, a short update service for regional websites.

BBC News Group currently employs around 8,400 people, including around 5,000 journalists, based in London, around the UK and overseas.

The DQF process was launched in BBC News in 2012 to deliver savings of £60 million a year by 2016/17. It is anticipated that around 620 posts will have closed during that time.

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