BBC Plans Major Layoffs
October 18, 2007 at 5:40 AM (PT)
The BBC plans to lay off 1,800 employees and transfer 700 more in a cost-cutting move.
The plan, disclosed in a conference call to senior staff late WEDNESDAY and approved by the BBC TRUST in a unanimous vote, will include the sale of the network's LONDON headquarters and will cut program production by 10%. The network will also begin to sell ads on its website as well. Among the planned cuts will be about 500 news jobs and 600 in the network's factual programming (documentary) department.
Employees are expected to call a strike against the BBC to protest the cuts within the next few weeks.