BBC News has suspended plans to cut 450 jobs as it faces demand to cover the coronavirus pandemic.
The job losses were announced in January and were part of a plan to achieve a savings target of £ 80 million by 2022.
Releases that should be affected include BBC Two Newsnight, BBC Radio 5 Live and World Service’s World Update program.
General Manager Tony Hall announced the news to staff on Wednesday, a week after the broadcaster delayed the end of the free television license system for everyone over the age of 75.
Some programs, such as Politics Live and Victoria Derbyshire, have been cut to prioritize coverage for coronaviruses, and several radio networks share news reports.
A planned BBC News modernization was expected to save £ 40 million towards an overall target of £ 80 million. The CEO said it would be inappropriate to pursue this goal when BBC News was so sought after to cover the pandemic.
While these savings will likely be implemented under Lord Hall’s successor (he leaves at the end of the summer), the BBC is racking up a huge bill because of the coronavirus. He has already said that he will delay changes to free television licenses for those over 75 by two months (at least) – and absorb this cost, which happens to be around £ 80 million (at least ).
The next CEO will inherit an even bigger financial black hole than he or she imagined.
However, negotiations with a government that had threatened to “break” the BBC could be slightly facilitated if the BBC – like other public service broadcasters – can prove its worth through this crisis.
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