LONDON – BBC swings the axe

One in six BBC England staff, a total of 450 jobs, will be made redundant as part of deep cuts to taxpayer-funded broadcaster’s regional television and radio services.

Already under pressure from Boris Johnson’s Conservative government which wants to review the compulsory TV license fee which finances the BBC, and had forced a savings package involving a further 450 job cuts in January, the coronavirus pandemic has cost the broadcaster further income by delaying the introduction of the licence fee for most over-75s, who currently receive a TV license free of charge.

A further £125m of savings are expected to be needed over the next year.

The BBC is the latest media organisation to announce major job cuts in the wake of the pandemic with commercial broadcasters and news media suffering large drops in advertising revenue. (Benjamin Fox |

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