BBC World Service to cut 650 jobs

The BBC has announced that it is to cut 650 jobs from its World Service department, a move that the Corporation has suggested will cost the station a loss of 30 million listeners around the world.

480 positions will go within the next 12 months, with five foreign language stations – Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, the Caribbean and Portuguese services for Africa – set to be closed completely.

It’s estimated that 68 jobs will be shed in the World Service’s English-language service, and shortwave transmissions will also face cuts. Broadcasts in China, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey will also go.

Peter Horrocks, BBC global news director, told staff: “Today is an extremely tough day for all of us.

“But I assure you the World Service will get through this and continue to deliver brilliantly for our audiences. The task that we have is too important to fail.”

(Source: MediaGuardian)




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