A change is taking place at the BBC. UK broadcaster merges news stations – and employees lose their jobs.
Around 70 workers will lose their jobs due to the merger of BBC News and BBC World News, the PA news agency reported on Thursday, citing its own information. The new BBC News channel, due to launch in April 2023, will broadcast from London during the day and from Singapore and Washington during the UK night.
20 new jobs would be created in the US capital, the AP said. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the public broadcaster, said it would create a streamlined organization that “makes the most of the license fee and delivers more to the public”.
BBC in economy mode
The public broadcaster is set to save around £285m (€337m) after Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries announced it would freeze fees of £159 a year for the next two years. The business model of the BBC, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, is heavily dependent on license fees. It was previously announced that the BBC Four, Radio 4 and CBBC channels would no longer operate as linear channels. For a year and a half, 1,200 employees have already left the station.
Chief Digital Officer Naja Nielsen said: “Our goal is to create the best live video news and current affairs service in the world – across our websites, apps, iPlayer and our new TV news channel. ” The behavior of the media is changing, tens of millions of people follow live reports on the Internet. “That’s why we’re investing in new ways to report breaking news, and our news channel and digital teams will work hand-in-hand to deliver the best journalism to audiences at home and abroad,” Nielsen said.