BBC axes more than 400 journalists

In the second round of job cuts at the BBC some 424 posts in News are
to go as well as 735 from Nations and Regions.
 
In total 2,050 jobs will
be lost in programme making departments which come on top of the 1730
job cuts already announced in professional services.
 
When the sell-off of commercial
services and BBC Broadcast and Resources is taken into account – the
changes affect some one in five of BBC staff.
 
Director General of the BBC, Mark Thompson said: “We are going through
the toughest period any of us can remember. It’s a difficult and
painful process but necessary.
 
“We need to free up money to start investing in our digital future, to
end our current Charter in December 2006 on budget and to show we are
serious about providing value for money.”
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