World
BBC News to cut 400 jobs in austerity drive
Publish Date: Jul 17, 2014
BBC News to cut 400 jobs in austerity drive
The BBC is the largest public broadcaster in the world. PHOTO/AFP
  • mail
  • img
newvision

LONDON - The BBC said on Thursday it will cut 415 jobs from its news department in the latest cost-cutting measures by the world's largest public broadcaster.

Director of News James Harding said the cuts over the next two years were part of savings needed as a result of a freeze in the licence fee, which all British households with a television must pay.

"It will be a testing time of uncertainty and change," the British Broadcasting Corporation quoted Harding as telling staff in a briefing at its headquarters in London.

But he said the BBC would create 195 new posts in the news division as part of a restructuring plan, meaning a net reduction of 220 full-time jobs overall.

BBC workers are set to go on strike on July 23 during the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland over the layoffs.

British Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition government froze the licence fee for six years in 2010 as part of sweeping austerity measures to cut a record deficit.

The BBC also announced 2,000 job cuts in November 2011.

BBC News currently employs around 8,400 people, including around 5,000 journalists, the corporation said.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
French beach returns to public after Saudi royal takeover
Workers were busily returning a beach in southern France to its previous condition on Monday after the premature departure of Saudi King Salman, whose commandeering of the coastline had caused uproar among locals....
The Peruvian poor living with the dead
Some 2,000 families live in modest homes that blend with the morbid landscape of the burial site....
S.Africa
South Africa''s public ombudsman on Monday bemoaned attacks against her report into President Jacob Zuma''s home upgrade....
Loyalist forces began a major offensive Monday aimed at retaking Yemen's largest airbase which is held by rebels....
Rio police kill with impunity - Amnesty International
Rio de Janeiro's police have killed more than 1,500 people in the last five years, Amnesty International said Monday....
Fears over Nepal
Nepal's proposed new constitution has sparked fury from women who say their citizenship, property and other rights are being curtailed....
Should faith based organisations be registered as Non-government organisations?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter