BBC Studios, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster BBC, has proposed changes to its factual entertainment and events division, as well as entertainment and music department, Realscreen has confirmed.
Part of the proposal is an increase in BBC Studios’ presence in the nations and regions, with investments in new senior editorial and leadership roles outside of London, including creative directors in Cardiff, Glasgow and Bristol and base leaders in Cardiff and Glasgow.
BBC Studios is aiming to move to a more flexible operating model, meaning assembling crews on an ad hoc basis for the duration of a given production, a model more attuned to other parts of the company and the wider industry, the company said in a statement. The changes are expected to result in the loss of roughly 50 staff members across the departments affected. The exact positions being impacted are unclear.
“A number of roles are expected to close and some new roles are being created,” said a statement from BBC Studios, shared with Realscreen by a company spokesperson.
“We recognize these changes will be difficult for those impacted and we are consulting with staff and unions to ensure they are fully supported throughout the process.”
UK trade magazine Broadcast first reported this story.