Contrary to media reports, the BBC Asian Network has confirmed that there will be no management changes at the station despite numerous job cuts across the corporation.
On Thursday (18th October), the BBC announced that it will be closing an estimated 2,500 positions between now and 2012/2013, with the areas of News and Factual production most affected.
In a statement, Bob Shennan, Controller of the BBC Asian Network, said: “The meeting in Birmingham was a successful one and I mapped out how the Director General’s announcements this week impacted on the Asian Network. There are no management changes in the offing.
Yesterday [18th October] the DG revealed the plans for the BBC for the next 5 years and in our meetings in Birmingham I was able to outline what that future holds for the Asian Network.
In many ways we are ahead of the game in terms of the BBC’s Creative Future, we’ve been on that journey for last two years and we’ve been the beneficiaries of investment over the past 18 months as we have radically altered the station. We face more testing financial times but will be pressing on to develop the station.
We will be planning further changes over the coming months in our bid to make the Asian Network reflect the new sound of Asian Britain.”
With the latest audience figures set to be reported in the coming days, the BBC Asian Network will no doubt use these to see how listeners have taken to the last batch of changes that included shuffling of shows at the weekend and weekday afternoons. Keep it with BizAsia.co.uk for more.