More BBC Jobs Under Threat

10 October 2007

LONDON: The BBC could shed up to 2,800 more jobs - at least 12% of its staff - as it pursues cost-cutting measures designed to off-set a £2 billion ($4.06bn; €2.89bn) shortfall in its public funding.

Most of the lay-offs would come from factual programming such as Planet Earth and Top Gear, according to a report due to be presented to the governing BBC Trust next week.

Morale at the corporation is destined to suffer another blow as the broadcaster tries to recover from a number of TV deception scandals that have surfaced in recent months.

Last week Peter Fincham, head of flagship channel BBC1, was forced to quit after a probe into misleadingly edited footage of the Queen allegedly storming out of a photo shoot.

Three senior producers have also lost their jobs following phone-in programme incidents.

BBC director general Mark Thompson oversaw the first round of staff cuts two years ago when more than 3,700 jobs were axed. He also set in motion a deeply unpopular move to Manchester for some departments.

The broadcaster has so far declined to comment.

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