More job cuts looming at the BBC

TV CentreThe BBC looks set to announce further job cuts today as it reveals proposals to cut costs in light of the licence fee freeze.

Various media reports claim the corporation will reveal it is looking to axe a further 2000 jobs – the latest is a long stream of redundancies stretching back several years. The redundancies the BBC hopes will help it save some of the money it needs to after the licence fee was frozen for six years – effectively meaning a cut because of rising inflation.

Some of the job cuts will come through the BBC’s relocation of departments to Salford – not all of the jobs will be filled. The BBC also looks set to reveal it is going to sell its base in White City and relocate further departments to Salford. There are reports that the BBC’s White City base could be sold to a football club – though there are similar rumours around Television Centre.

The BBC could also move its factual department out of Birmingham and move it to Salford and move its drama base to its new Roath Lock studios in Cardiff – something it has denied at the moment. If the BBC were to pull out of Birmingham completely – once a major BBC hub with the Pebble Mill studios there – then daytime soaps Doctors would likely move to Salford as well as has long been rumoured.

However, as yet the BBC hasn’t confirmed reports in the media but its common knowledge the BBC has some difficult decisions to make to save the money it needs to.