This “modernization” plan comes at the approach of negotiations which promise to be politically difficult on the financing of the BBC.
The BBC announced, Wednesday, January 29, the reduction of 450 posts in its editorial office as part of a “modernization” plan to adapt to new uses of the public, in the approach of negotiations which promise to be difficult politically on its funding.
“We need to reshape BBC News for the next decade to save substantial amounts , “ said news director Fran Unsworth in a statement that the job losses associated with these changes are estimated to be around 450.
The public audiovisual group wants to remove duplication between its different media and invest more in digital, with a new version of its BBC News application. More journalists will be based outside London.
“The BBC must adapt to changes in the way the public uses us. We have to adapt and make sure that we continue to be the most reliable media organization in the world, but most importantly, that we are relevant to the people we don’t currently reach , ” added Ms. Unsworth.
95 million euros in savings
The BBC says it will save 80 million pounds (around 95 million euros) by 2022, half of which has already been saved, the other to be saved thanks to the measures announced on Wednesday. In particular, it must compensate for the abolition of the TV license for the over 75s from June.
The license fee (154.50 pounds sterling, or 178 euros) is his main source of income, but the funding of the British public audiovisual giant must be rediscussed in 2022, in a tumultuous context with the authorities.
Angered by his coverage of last month’s legislative elections, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spoken out in favor of a drop in fees and a reduction in fines for those who do not pay it, calling into question the funding of the audiovisual group which employs in total nearly 22,000 people.
BBC chief executive Tony Hall announced his resignation on January 20 in the “interests of the organization”.
According to several British media, this early departure angered Downing Street. It allows indeed that the replacement of Tony Hall is decided by the current president of the organization, David Clementi, and not the successor of the latter who must be appointed by the government.