Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Redundancy is alive and living

The BBC is joining the "lean and mean" restructuring crowd, with more than 2,500 lay offs planned, increased outsourcing, and reduced in-house production. The strategic review just released includes moving 1,800 staff to Manchester and actively exploring "partnering, joint venturing or sale with the management teams of BBC Broadcast and BBC Resources, and with the market." Estimates put the financial impact of the new plan at "£320 million savings within three years, all of which will be redirected into programme making." Regardless, I'm not taking this as good news, myself. The Village Voice's Press Clips Extra has a bit more on the story including links to some of the background information.

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