BBC tells reporters and editors the bad news: we're cutting 140 jobs
Ian Burrell is Assistant Editor and Media Editor at The Independent, i paper and Independent on Sunday. He covers news from the whole media sector from television, press, radio and advertising to technology. His weekly column on the media appears every Monday in The Independent and i paper. He also writes on media, music and culture, including long-form pieces for The Independent’s Saturday magazine and the Independent on Sunday’s magazine, New Review. He is a regular presenter of BBC Radio 4’s What The Papers Say and a specialist commentator to Monocle 24 radio. He has contributed to most major broadcast outlets including BBC television and radio, CNN, Sky News, Al Jazeera and LBC. He has also written on media for GQ magazine. Ian has been reporting on the media industry for The Independent for more than a decade. Previously he was the newspaper’s Home Affairs Editor. He worked at The Sunday Times for five years, including as a member of the investigative Insight team, covering stories on political funding, industrial espionage and the arms industry. Previously he worked in ITV for London Weekend Television, on a weekly current affairs programme presented by Danny Baker. Ian trained at the Birmingham Post & Mail and was Regional Reporter of the Year in Press Gazette’s national awards.
Wednesday 28 March 2012
BBC News announced the loss of 140 posts yesterday, with jobs going on flagship shows such as Newsnight as well as the BBC News Channel, Radio 4 and Radio 1.
It was the story which the BBC's Director of News, Helen Boaden, did not want to break, particularly as she is among the front-runners to succeed Mark Thompson as BBC Director-General later this year.
The cuts are part of Mr Thompson's cost-cutting Delivering Quality First Programme, designed to generate 20 per cent savings over five years with the loss of 2,000 jobs across the BBC.
"I don't pretend that these changes will be easy or painless for individuals or teams," Ms Boaden said in an email to staff yesterday. The lost posts are believe to include three Newsnight reporters, three Radio 4 news reporters and 17 from the Radio 1 and 1Xtra Newsbeat team. Unions have been told that 28 posts will go in the BBC newsroom and one of the presenters will be axed on the BBC News Channel, along with six jobs from the BBC News online team.
Michelle Stanistreet, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists, said the quality of BBC journalism was under "severe threat".
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