BBC to shed 2,000 jobs

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The BBC Trust, in consultation with BBC management, today (Oct. 6) announced proposals including cutting some 2,000 jobs from across the network to save nearly $2 billion annually by 2016-17. The changes “follow a review last year of the future strategy for the BBC,” the Trust said in a statement, “which culminated in Trust approval for four new strategic priorities for the corporation — distinctiveness, value for money, serving all audiences and openness and transparency. The proposals have been shaped by these priorities.”

BBC Director General Mark Thompson said the changes would lead to “a smaller, radically reshaped BBC.”