Sunday, January 11, 2015

World weary

In the topsy-turvy world of BBC international journalism, there are entertaining times ahead, as Auntie drives towards Lord Hall's target of 500m consumers.

The production teams for BBC World News, bringing tv news to the globe, are being asked to make cuts of close to £1m for the next financial year. This figure nearly matches the additional spending at HQ incurred in the last financial year - Global News Limited hired 30 extra staff, and paid its board members 16% more than the previous year. 1600 Monday correction: The bigger HQ budget for Global News HQ in 2012/13 was largely because of the merger of the management teams of and BBC World.

Nonetheless, the unions will still seek information on what sort of cuts GNL HQ is facing in 2015/6, as output teams contract in search of the balance of quality deemed appropiate to increase the audience.

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