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mel

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BBC to cut 1000 jobs
« on: July 03, 2015, 01:13:45 AM »
This is an interesting news report from RT News.
Most of the cuts will be within management at the BBC, lets hope it stops with them and it wont effect programs.

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Re: BBC to cut 1000 jobs
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2015, 08:27:39 PM »
Seen in a national newspaper today:

800m squeeze on BBC funding

"The BBC is expected to face the biggest squeeze in its 93-year history with an enormous 800 million raid on its budget.
It is understood that the Chancellor George Osborne will use his budget on Wednesday to announce that the BBC will be forced to foot the bill for the cost of providing free TV licences to the elderly
The bill to scrap the fee for the over-75s has risen to 800 million and an ageing population means that one in six households now gets the benefit regardless of income.
The Chancellor is also expected to announce plans to honour the party's manifesto commitment to freeze the 145.50 licence fee "pending  Charter renewal" - depriving the BBC of yet further income.
While the future of the licence fee beyond the current deal, which ends in March 2017, remains uncertain, it has been suggested that any move to keep the licence fee frozen beyond that time could result in a 25 per cent cut to BBC funding in real terms in a further blow, the Corporation also faces losing a further 200 million a year if the law on television licences is changed, so that not paying for once ceases to be a criminal offence.
Around 3,000 people a week appear in court for non-payment and the BBC fears that removing the threat of imprisonment will encourage a large number not to pay.
David Perry, QC, who is leading the independent review into whether non-payment of the fee should be decriminalised, is expected to release his findings within days.
Although it is understood the new Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has yet to see the report, David Cameron has recently reiterated his support for the move.  Last night a TV insider warned that budget cuts of this magnitude would "decimate" the BBC's drama department, and result in at least one channel closing.
"Budget cuts of this scale would have a devastating  effect on the Corporation and its ability to create the kind of drama people love to watch", the source said.
The number claiming free licences has increased steadily since Gordon Brown introduced the benefit in 2001.  By 2013, it covered 77,000 homes, at a cost to the Department for Work and Pensions of 608 million.  Mr. Whittingdale argued for transferring the cost to the BBC during his previous role chairing the Commons Culture committee.
His elevation to his current role was greeted by some as a declaration of war on the BBC by the Government after a turbulent election period, although Mr. Whittingdale said he wants the Corporation to remain as a public service.
Discussions around the Charter have already begun and a Green Paper setting out areas for discussion, including those relating to the BBC Trust, is expected to be published later this month.
Last week the BBC announced plans to axe more than 1,000 jobs - with bosses blaming  the move on the popularity of catch-up TV.  Director-general Tony Hall said the success of online services such as the BBC's own iPlayer and Netflix had left a 150 million black hole in the corporation's budget, prompting the cull.
More people had switched to watching programmes through these catch-up services, meaning they were not forced to pay the 145.50 TV licence fee.  The job losses are expected to save 50 million by cutting red tape".

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Re: BBC to cut 1000 jobs
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2015, 01:22:56 PM »
Seen in a national newspaper "Letter" Page today:-

BBC's hasty reaction

"It would seem that the BBC's intention to axe 1,000 jobs in an effort to reduce its budget, is a hasty and a rather ill thought out answer to the Government's move to reduce its funding ("800m squeeze on BBC funding", July 5)
Surely a better approach would be to cut the salaries of those employees who earn more than the Prime Minister and also those non-employees who are paid ridiculous engagement fees for performing and presenting.
Many are provided with seven-figure salaries for often mediocre performances, resulting in an inflated impression of their own importance.
I believe that a cap on their salaries may send them to work for other channels but would also ensure that the BBC would have to provide quality programmes to retain audiences.
I am sure that there are numerous talented new faces who could take their places at an acceptable lower salary".


Personally, I think that there are "freelance" presenters on local radio who provide quality shows without an enormous payment and they deserve their place.  As for "top" management, I think some of them are not deserving of the eye-watering salaries they receive and which we are paying for

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Re: BBC to cut 1000 jobs
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2015, 08:52:24 PM »
Another article seen in a national paper today:

BBC's bill for 'talent' soars by 14m in year'

"Nine of the biggest names at the BBC earned almost 9 million between them last year - but the broadcaster has refused  to reveal their names.
The corporation blew 208 million  on "talent" in 2014-2015, up from 194 million the year before.
The highest earners are thought to include Radio 2 DJ and new Top Gear presenter Chris Evans and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker.
The BBC's annual report and accounts reveal staffing levels and wages at Broadcasting House  have risen despite a promise to slash costs and become leaner.
It shelled out 976.5 million in wages in 2014-2015, up from 955 million the year before, and senior managers pocketed huge salaries, with the bill for 401 executives totalling 52 million.
The figures were published as the broadcaster prepares for a battle over its charter renewal, and insiders fear tomorrow's Government green paper contains plans to reduce its scale.
Jonathan Isaby , of the TaxPayer's Alliance said the review "must include a root and branch look at what the BBC should and should not be doing - and indeed whether the licence fee is fit for purpose in the 21st. century".
Director-general Tony Hall said those who wanted a "diminished BBC had "their own narrow or ideological preconceptions".

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Re: BBC to cut 1000 jobs
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2015, 12:20:21 PM »
Seen in a national paper today (31 August):-

4,000 jobs could go in BBC shake-up

"The BBC could slash thousands of jobs and show more repeats due to cuts in funding.
It is believed director-general Lord Hall, is working on plans that could see 4,000 job losses and the closure of two television or radio networks.
He may also sell 100 million worth of studios and offices and reduce sport coverage.
This is to shoulder the 650 million-a-year cost of funding free licences for the over 75s from 2018.
According to close allies, Lord Hall, who has a 450,000 annual salary, has had to rethink the BBC's approach, to make up for the lack of funding.
But his ideas will officially come to light in a speech on its royal charter a week today when he will respond to the Government's plans to reduce the national deficit.  Plans to axe 1,000 jobs were announced last month, but another 3,000 could be gone by 2020 bringing staff numbers to 15,000.
Yesterday the corporation said: "While it is clear the BBC does have a tough funding settlement and will need to live within its means, we haven't as yet shared  our proposals and people should wait to hear what we have to say rather than what others think we might have to say"

In my opinion, salaries should be slashed from the top downwards and not the other way - because, I bet my bottom dollar, none of the "suits" will lose their jobs! - fact!


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