BBC Asian Network to lose 15 news posts in cuts


BBC News has axed 140 posts including 15 of those at the BBC Asian Network, as part of cost-cutting Delivering Quality First programme.

The 140 posts from BBC News will be going by April 2012 – 28 will be leaving the newsroom, 70 from news programmes and others from newsgathering and political programmes.

The exercise was designed to generate 20 per cent savings over five years with the loss of 2,000 jobs across the BBC.

It is already known that the BBC Asian Network’s funding will be cut in half and now its confirmed that 15 news personnel will be leaving. As reported on����previously, news resources will move from Leicester to London with less news bulletins.

BBC News director Helen Boaden, said she realised the cuts were not painless or easy. She told staff, “Today we are announcing further details of the BBC News Group’s Delivering Quality First proposals in network news for year one, 2013/14, which regrettably will result in the closure of around 140 posts by April next year.

“We are currently working through our savings plan for future years and we will come back to you at a later date with more detail, along with our final proposals for local radio and regional current affairs and the Asian Network, once the trust has published its conclusions.”

The BBC Trust has not yet signed off the final DQF proposals but is expected to do so within the next month.

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