Sunday, May 14, 2017


A slightly under-reported speech by BBC Deputy Director General Anne Bulford this week contained many impressive statistics, but one rather chilling target, specifying the cuts each department will have to make every year.

 "We are setting future productivity targets that will stretch realistic efficiency to its boundaries with a rate of 1.5 per cent every year for the next five years."

Whilst lower than the annual 2% of Delivering Quality First, it's a hard ask given how little flesh is left on the BBC bones. As Anne told her audience, "These cannot simply come from overheads".

Her next trick will be to ensure even delivery. A number of naughty departments - did I hear News and HR ? - had a tendency to utter 'manana' during the years of DQF....

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