Thursday, July 2, 2015

Lean over ?

We need more detail to see what Lord Hall proposes before passing judgement on today's new round of BBC cuts. 1,000 jobs (from an estimated 16,000) is a 6% cut. Yet it only "saves" £50m, of an announced 2016/17 shortfall of £150m. And a tiny drop of the BBC's £3bn+ income.

It's £50k per job lost - presumably low because of the redundancy costs. And £100m still to find, presumably in scope cuts which will have to come out before the end of July.

The move to reduce grades to a maximum of seven is brave; all previous attempts on this front have failed. What will the unions say this time ? It can't be cost neutral if it's part of a savings package.

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