British Forces Broadcasting Plans Job Cuts
December 3, 2008 at 5:24 AM (PT)
BRITISH FORCES BROADCASTING SERVICE is joining the list of broadcasting organizations cutting jobs, with the GUARDIAN reporting that the TV and radio service for British forces looking to drop up to 30 positions. The paper reports that a decision on specifics by BFBS operator SERVICES SOUND AND VISION CORP. is set for DECEMBER 30th. Among rumored cuts is the shutdown of BFBS RADIO 2.
"These proposals reflect the way our forces now deploy," a SSVC spokesman said in a statement. "SSVC, the organisation which manages BFBS radio and TV and Combined Services Entertainment, is in consultation with staff. If the proposals go through, up to 30 broadcasting staff are likely to be made redundant. The consultation period ends on DECEMBER 15th."
"BFBS has proposed restructuring to focus on connectivity between the UK and Operations (IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN), while increasing efficiencies in its traditional overseas areas (GERMANY, CYPRUS, GIBRALTAR, CANADA, the FALKLANDS and BELIZE). These proposals reflect the way our forces now deploy.
"At present SSVC's priorities are working through the details of the reorganisation plan with its staff and with its client, the MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, in order to provide a forces broadcasting service that meets the needs of its audience today and in the future."