The BBC are expected to be cutting 450 jobs as they pledge to save £80 million.
The staff at BBC Radio 5 Live, recorded in Media City in Salford, are said to be one of those affected with reports being heard of 12 jobs being lost, however they will introduce two more digital job positions resulting in 10 job losses.
6,000 people are currently employed by BBC News though the company are hoping that they will have saved the money by 2022.
BBC News outlines plans to modernise its newsroom to respond to changing audience needs, ensure it is providing a truly universal service, and complete its £80m savings target: https://t.co/761KiyE3nM pic.twitter.com/uSUS1VCv6R
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) January 29, 2020
The BBC are restructuring their newsrooms to create a story-led approach to their platform meaning the same resources and stories will be used across a number of programmes and outlets. Because of this, less people will be needed in the newsroom causing the job losses.
Fran Unsworth, the Director of News and Current Affairs, said: “The BBC has to face up to the changing way audiences are using us. We have to adapt and ensure we continue to be the world’s most trusted news organisation, but crucially, one which is also relevant for the people we are not currently reaching.
“We need to reshape BBC News for the next decade in a way which saves substantial amounts of money.”
I'm going to be that guy. Shouldn't it be the big budget entertainment shows and/or the expensive presenters you cut before you go for the news coverage if you're a public broadcaster? https://t.co/XcMOGPjmD1
— Charlie Phillips (@charliechar) January 29, 2020
The Morning Reports programme which has aired for 26 years on BBC Radio 5 Live is also due to end amid the cuts. Up All Night will also cut back on it’s live programming at weekends and introduce pre-recorded material.
There will however, not be any changes to BBC Radio 5 Live Sport or BBC Local Radio.
Newsnight is one of the most affected programmes. Having ran since 1980, the show will now produce fewer films. Meanwhile the axing of BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire was announced last week after five years.
Absolutely devastated at the plan to end our programme (which I first learned about in yesterday’s Times). I’m unbelievably proud of what our team and our show have achieved in under 5 years.. 1/3
— Victoria Derbyshire (@vicderbyshire) January 23, 2020
This comes after the BBC announced in 2016 that it needed to save £800 million with a tenth of that coming from it’s news output.
Further changes to BBC’s schedule are expected to be announced.