Cuts announced at BBC World Service

The corporation is expected to confirm the axing of nearly 700 jobs across BBC World Service positions.

The BBC is to formally announce today that up to 650 jobs could be lost as five language services are to be closed.

“These closures are not a reflection on the performance of individual services or programmes. They are all extremely important to their audiences and to the BBC.” – BBC Global News Director Peter Horrocks

BBC World Service has announced that it will be closing five language services – Albanian, Macedonian, Portuguese for Africa and Serbian; as well as the English for the Caribbean regional service.

A press conference later today is set to outline the full plans as the beeb’s World Service looks to make cutbacks. It is thought this measure will save £46 million a year. Other language services may also be scaled back with the first phase of redundancies this year.

“It is simply that there is a need to make savings due to the scale of the cuts to the World Service’s Grant-in-Aid funding from the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office and we need to focus our efforts in the languages where there is the greatest need and where we have the strongest impact.” – BBC Global News Director Peter Horrocks