The BBC is said to be considering scrapping its channel-based structure in a move to save further money and axe executive posts.
According to Media Guardian, the plans will be implemented to reduce management layers to fill the �550m a year loophole from decreased licence fee income and the cost of providing free TV licenses for the over 75s.
The change could see BBC3, which switches to online-only this week, merged with Radio 1 to create a new youth division call BBC Youth. Other divisions could include BBC Entertain and BBC Inform. The article adds that senior executives want a “content-first approach” similar to output from BBC children’s and sport divisions, rather than one based on how people watch or listen.
A spokesperson for the BBC told the publication, ���Everyone knows we are looking at the BBC�۪s structure to make sure we are fit for the digital age. There has already been a lot of speculation about our future shape and there will no doubt be plenty more, but when we�۪ve got something to announce we�۪ll do so.�