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BBC to make major cuts: report

The London Times is reporting that the BBC is planning a substantial series of cuts that will be announced in a strategic review next month.
February 26, 2010

The London Times is reporting that the BBC is planning a substantial series of cuts that will be announced in a strategic review next month. Spending on foreign acquisitions, currently budgeted at £100 million, will be cut by 25% and perhaps as much as 33%, according to some of the Times’ BBC Trust sources. Reports say half of the BBC’s web pages are set to be closed, and online staff to be reduced by 25%. Digital radio stations 6 Music and Asian Network are reportedly set to be closed, as are teen brands BBC Switch and Blast! Meanwhile, BBC2′s budget is expected to be increased by £25 million, according to the Times.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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