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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 December, 2004, 12:23 GMT
BBC shake-up: At-a-glance
Mark Thompson
Mr Thompson took over as director general after Greg Dyke resigned
The BBC is to be overhauled, leading to almost 3,000 job losses, its director general Mark Thompson has announced.

He said the jobs would go mainly from administration departments, and the cuts would ensure more of the licence fee could go into programmes.

The BBC aims to save 320m a year as a result of the cuts.

And he outlined which departments at the BBC would move from London to Manchester.

Here is an outline of Mr Thompson's plans for the corporation's future:


  • Aiming to save 320m a year over three years, to clear the BBC's overdraft by 2007.

  • Cut 47% of professional services staff - such as finance, human resources, communications, policy and strategy staff - over the next three years. Less than half of those cuts would be redundancies.

  • A similar percentage of management and administration staff will be cut over the same period, these two cuts representing a total of 2,500 jobs.

  • A further 400 jobs to go from Factual and Learning departments.

  • Savings of 15% each in news, radio and music, TV, new media and the Nations and Regions divisions over three years.

  • Fewer posts may be needed for existing work, new posts may be created for new work.

  • Net redundancies in production areas could be less than the 15% savings target implies once new money is reinvested.


  • Establish a state-of-the-art BBC centre in Manchester with "brilliant career and creative opportunities".

  • Move London-based Children's TV and Radio - including CBBC and CBeebies - BBC Sport, Five Live and Five Live Sports Extra, New Media HQ, Research and Development and Formal Learning departments to the new Manchester centre.

  • An estimated 1,800 staff to move from London to Manchester.

  • It is likely to be five years before "major moves" take place.

  • TV drama made outside London to increase from 30% to 50% during the next Charter.


  • BBC to commission a minimum of 50% of non-news programmes in-house.

  • One quarter of programmes must be commissioned from independent producers.

  • Simplify the commissioning process to make it faster and less complex.

  • Double the number of hours allocated to independent radio productions, an increase of 3,100 hours.


  • BBC commercial business should only exploit BBC content and the BBC brand.

  • Magazines should focus more on brands and subjects connected to the BBC's core programmes.

  • Trailing magazines on air should stop.


  • The BBC will focus on programme areas where it has "commanding reputations".

  • These include news and current affairs, comedy and drama, music, learning, major sporting and national events and children's programmes.

  • It will continue to support new services - such as interactive, mobile, and internet broadband services - and original entertainment.

  • It will invest more in original journalism, newsgathering and current affairs, original British drama and comedy, and boost programme budgets for children's shows and digital TV channel BBC Four.

  • Invest in a new music strategy including Alternative Proms.

  • A new music strategy will be developed, "ground-breaking" factual programmes will be created and the BBC will become more ambitious in its radio and new media output.

  • Fewer peaktime repeats on BBC One, fewer derivative or formulaic programmes.


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