Thursday, July 23, 2015

Day oh

The scale of cuts facing the BBC over the next year is brought home by an announcement from the Factual and Daytime wing of televison production based in London.

40 out of ninety producer jobs are to go, with redundancy volunteers sought to cut six executive producers, 13 series producers and 21 producers; pipe up by September 8th.

Boss Nathalie Humphreys said the amount of available work had dropped by a quarter in the past few years; that the number of senior staff had crept up through promotions, so more would be affected; and, tellingly, that these plans pre-dated Lord Hall's call for another 1,000 job cuts across the BBC. Then there's the licence fee settlement, which envisages budget cuts of 10% to 20% over the next five years, depending on whose figures you believe.

If tv are that far behind with matching staff to meaningful work, it's hardly a surprise that there's a change coming in HR. One wonders how many of the '2,000 'creatives' will be left for Peter Salmon when he actually starts BBC Studios ?

The full gory details are in The Guardian.

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