News bits: BBC, Current, HubDub, NUJ, London Lite

‘Dumbed down’ BBC no longer knows what it is for (Telegraph)

A poll of 4,000 former BBC employees found that many of them believe the broadcaster is “losing its identity” and no longer knows “what it is there for”.

London Lite increases readership over thelondonpaper (BrandRepublic)

London Lite continues to attract more readers than News International’s rival thelondonpaper, according to the latest statistics from the National Readership Survey.

Extra job losses loom at BBC (Broadcast)

BBC director general Mark Thompson has warned staff that the corporation will have to make further cutbacks to bridge a new £140m funding gap that has emerged because of the economic crisis.

NUJ and Johnston Press in consultation deal (HoldTheFrontPage)

The National Union of Journalists has shelved plans for company-wide industrial action across Johnston Press after concluding an agreement with the company for greater consultation.

News prediction site HubDub launches UK edition (BrandRepublic)

Hubdub, the US-led site that encourages users to bet virtual money on the outcome of developing news stories, has launched a UK version.

Layoffs hit Al Gore’s Current Media (CNET)

Current Media, the cable network co-founded by former US Vice President Al Gore, has laid off about 60 staff, with 30 more positions to be refilled, the company said in a statement.

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