BBC to cut over 300 online staff

The BBC is to cut 360 members of staff from its online operations by 2013, after the department had its budget cut by 25 per cent to £103m.

The cuts will see the BBC’s online output streamlined to just ten services including News, iPlayer and Search. Websites that will be discarded completely include Blast, Switch and h2g2, with local websites to have all non-news content cut completely.

The BBC will also meet on a regular basis with commercial competitors with an aim to increase the amount of referrals it delivers to outside websites to 22 million within three years.

More cuts across more departments are expected to be made later this year, as the Corporation battles to slash budgets in the face of a highly critical BBC Trust review.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

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