BBC could cut up to 25% of workforce
The BBC could end up cutting up to a quarter of its workforce by 2016 in order to make the necessary savings following the six-year licence fee freeze.
More than 1,000 job losses have already been announced – including 650 at the World Service and 360 from the BBC’s online operation – and this figure is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.
BBC executives are understood to accept that several thousand jobs will go as they draw up plans to meet director general Mark Thompson’s target of a 20% cut to the corporation’s costs in the coming years. Some insiders believe this figure could reach 25% of the existing workforce, although the BBC insists there is no specific plan to cut this number of staff.
According to BBC internal figures, as of September 2010 about 21,927 full-time staff were employed by the corporation, including 1,865 at commercial arm BBC Worldwide. The iconic Television Centre is due to be emptied by about 2015/16 and sold, although the BBC is considering keeping a small presence there and renting some studios.