Cuts At BBC World Service
January 26, 2011 at 4:23 AM (PT)
The BBC continues its budget cuts with the closing of five language services at the WORLD SERVICE. The network is reportedly cutting the Macedonian, Albanian, and Serbian services in their entirety, plus the English service for the CARIBBEAN and the Portuguese service aimed at AFRICA.
The cuts, which the BBC reports will be announced to staff TODAY (1/26), are intended to save about 46 million pounds a year. The cuts will be phased in over a two-year period, with two-thirds of the jobs set to be cut in the first 12 months.
The NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS is protesting the cuts, with a demonstration set for outside the WORLD SERVICE headquarters TODAY.