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BBC to Merge Radio and TV Divisions

Reported merger is part of an effort to trim the broadcaster’s budget

Radio and television may be coming together at the BBC in an effort to streamline management ranks and reduce the broadcaster’s budget to meet funding losses. The move, to be announced by Easter, is expected to save £50 million (approximately US$71 million), according to the Telegraph.

More than 1,000 jobs are at risk across the broadcaster’s international operation, says the Guardian. Management, marketing and communication jobs are among positions that could be cut, with technical and engineering teams slated for consolidation.

“This is mostly about stripping out outdated management and executive jobs,” said Rick Edmonds, Poynter media business analyst. “It’s not clear how it will impact staffing of TV, radio and digital journal activities.”

The BBC told the Telegraph that it is “committed to keeping its television channels and radio stations on airwaves.”

These reported cuts are a result of the British government’s announcement that it would reduce funding for the BBC.

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